Amy joins NIET at the close of a 36-year career in a variety of educational settings including international, parochial, private, public, and charter schools. She served as TAP master teacher and district executive master teacher for nine of the last 12 years of service in public education. These opportunities, in multiple educational settings with learners of all ages and skills topped off with ever-growing TAP knowledge and experiences, are particularly useful in her senior specialist role.
Classroom teacher, lead teacher, co-teacher, mentor teacher, master teacher, volleyball/basketball/soccer coach, school curriculum coordinator, disciplinarian, instructional facilitator, turnaround specialist, district science curriculum writing team member, and numerous other assignments provided unique and diverse vantage points that expanded skills in teaching, learning, leading, and coaching. Early in her career, Amy recognized her passion for coaching - helping others succeed. While trying to convince Amy to coach junior high school girls' soccer, Coach Strohmeyer shared his wisdom: "Coaching is motivating others. If you can coach anything, you can coach anything. The rest is just the X’s and O’s of the game." She anchors her work in this truth and attributes her successes as an educator-coach to her experiences on the courts and fields of sports.
Amy loves learning – she learns from every experience and every person she encounters. Throughout her career she enjoyed learning from amazing colleagues, gifted professors, and top-notch administrators. But she considers her most resourceful, creative, problem-solving, industrious, and unequivocally honest teachers in her career to be her students.