President and Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Joshua Barnett is president and chief operating officer for NIET, responsible for supporting NIET partnerships with strategic oversight of research, higher education, and all service delivery operations. Joshua also serves as the principal investigator for NIET's federal projects.
Senior Vice President of Services
Before serving as senior vice president of services, Vicky was executive director of the LA BOLD Project, assistant director of school services and was the project director for TAP Connect, a SEED grant in partnership with Texas Tech and five independent area school districts.
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation
Laura Encalade serves as the senior vice president of strategy and innovation for NIET. Laura supports strategic planning efforts, new partnership development and innovative projects, and the creation of new services and technologies for the organization.
Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Strategic Communications
Sara Gast is the chief of staff and executive director of strategic communications. Sara serves as an advisor to the CEO, leads NIET's communications efforts, and manages special projects while collaborating with and supporting colleagues throughout the organization.
Chief Policy Officer
As chief policy officer at the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), Kristan Van Hook develops and implements strategies to build support for NIET's education initiatives, with a focus on increasing teacher and school leader effectiveness.
Executive Director of Higher Education Partnerships and Special Projects
Dr. Amy Wooten develops service offerings to enhance the effectiveness of teacher and administrator preparation programs, fostering partnerships with preparation programs, supporting policy discussions, and providing leadership for special projects.
Director of Accelerating Character Education and Development and East Team Leader
Hank Staggs leads work to expand NIET's suite of high-quality trainings to support principals and district-level principal supervisors in successfully integrating character development into the instruction and culture of their schools.
Senior Specialist, Louisiana
Amy Gayle is an instructional leader with a passion for positive school culture and strong teacher support. Prior to NIET, she served in a variety of different roles in education, including classroom teacher, coach, master teacher, and administrator.
Senior Specialist, South Carolina and Tennessee
Kelly Minick's educational experience spans nearly two decades in South Carolina. Prior to her time at NIET, she spent 14 years as a secondary English instructor who worked to grow learners' love of writing, critical thinking, and to build their ability to see the world with a multi-lens approach.
Senior Specialist, South Carolina
As an English Language Arts teacher and response to intervention coordinator, Claire empowered students to find their voices and celebrate learning. She has served as a mentor teacher, master teacher, and regional master teacher for SC TAP.
Senior Research Associate
Dr. Handrea Logis supports all aspects of the NIET research activities, such as monitoring data collection efforts for the SEED grants, performing quantitative analysis to evaluate the impact of NIET's initiatives, as well as providing data and research support for various projects.
Julee Broscoff has served in public education for 32 years as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal, Reading First director, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and superintendent of Slaton ISD, Texas.