Carrie Pullins

Senior Specialist, Texas

cpullins@niet.org

Before joining the NIET team in 2021 as a senior specialist, Carrie Pullins was a district mathematics coordinator. This role allowed her to work with instructional coaches, teachers, and administration to strengthen instructional practices to improve students’ mathematics achievement. Carrie is an advocate for strong foundational skills and conceptual development. 

Carrie is a former master teacher and secondary mathematics teacher. As a master teacher, she was voted the district Teacher of the Year by her peers and staff. This same year, her campus earned its first ever distinction for Academic Achievement in Mathematics due to increased performance in advanced mathematics courses, SAT, and TSI.  Carrie finds great pride in this award due to it aligning with her passion of creating equity and access to all learners.

 Carrie  Pullins

Who is your favorite teacher?

My favorite teacher is Judy Camden.  She was my high school history teacher and Mock Trial sponsor. Ms. Camden pushed me out of my comfort zone academically and socially. Ms. Camden believed in me when I did not believe in myself. She is the reason I went into education. I wanted to be able to impact other young minds the way she impacted mine.

What was your favorite subject in school and why?

My favorite subject has always been math. Numbers just make sense in my very analytical brain. As a former math teacher, my goal was to make every student love math just as much as I do. This goal led me to embrace problem-based learning that strongly focused on students owning their learning.

Why are you passionate about working at NIET?

As a former master teacher, I was able to see student outcomes improve drastically when we implemented the core NIET practices. I witnessed teachers, novice and veteran, continue to grow in their craft with the support of embedded professional development and coaching. NIET helped my campus go from one with no hope to a campus that embraced a true growth mindset.