Abigail McKamey

Senior Specialist, East Team

amckamey@niet.org

Abigail McKamey is a senior specialist for the East Team. Abigail began her education career working in Metro Nashville as a founding teacher of a charter school. Abigail continued her career as a middle grade teacher and instructional coach. Later, Abigail worked for the Tennessee Department of Education as a reading coach consultant.  Her work primarily focused on the Ready to Be Ready Network initiative. Throughout this initiative, Abigail partnered with districts to support planning and implementation of research-based instructional strategies and collaborated with her peers to create and implement the state’s first unit starters. She also supported the department in the implementation of the Ready with Resources initiative where she supported stakeholders in the selection and adoption of high-quality instructional materials.

Most recently, Abigail worked as a principal of an elementary school in Lawrence County, Tennessee. As a principal, she focused on rebuilding the school’s academic vision and community outreach programs. She worked to create a leadership team that supported the school’s many stakeholders and balanced the varying needs of the students, teachers, and parents.

Abigail’s mission in education is to support every child in reaching their unique potential through the collaboration and shared-learning of excellent educators. 

 Abigail  McKamey

Why are you passionate about working at NIET?

NIET is an amazing partner for all education stakeholders.  As we collectively strive to improve outcomes for students, NIET focuses on the impact of all key stakeholders and considers how their strengths can catapult students forward.  This organization is truly unique in the way it considers each stakeholder’s role in providing an excellent education for children.  Our work with principals and school leaders is innovative and demonstrates a close connection to schools and their needs. 

I also love NIET’s belief in students’ ownership of their learning.  When we are able to support educators in building students’ self-efficacy in the classroom, we open the doors to so many opportunities for their future and their ability to become productive members of society.

What do you do in your free time? 

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and I love to cook new dishes using ingredients from our garden.  Holiday traditions are a big part of my family’s life, so you will frequently find me on a ladder decorating the front porch.