Amber Simpson, currently an NIET senior program specialist, spent much of her 20 years in education as a teacher leader before coming to NIET. As a teacher leader, Amber facilitated weekly job-embedded professional development meetings during which she coached faculty on systematically tracking their students' progress and developing action plans to reinforce strengths and address areas of improvement. This work was complemented by observing educators in the classroom, modeling and testing new instructional techniques, introducing curriculum, and assessing students' learning along the way.
In 2016, as a TAP master teacher, Amber was honored in front of students and staff with the prestigious Milken Educator Award (TX '16). She continued her work during the next two years as an executive master teacher, thus expanding her reach to coaching leadership teams districtwide. Currently at NIET, Amber works alongside district and school leadership in school districts across Texas helping to strengthen existing systems and structures and increase student achievement.