Kimberlyn Slagle

Senior Specialist, South Central

Kimberlyn Slagle joins NIET after serving as an educator with 24 years of experience. She is committed to identifying strengths in organizations and leveraging them to make strategic adjustments that are realistic and impactful. Her core values include coaching, facilitating, and leading with respect, integrity, and compassion.

Kimberlyn most recently served as a school administrator in Louisiana's Lafayette Parish School System. Before her role as a school administrator, Kimberlyn was a secondary English, reading, and ESL teacher, an instructional coach, and a coordinator for literacy and assessment. These roles provided her the opportunity to support pre-K-12 educators and undergraduate students spanning rural, urban, and suburban areas; high performing, refining, and transforming schools; and face-to-face and virtual learning contexts.

Kimberlyn's interests include educational policy, talent development, curriculum implementation, instructional strategies, and assessments that inform leading, teaching, and learning decision-making. She received a bachelor's in English literature from the University of Central Florida and a master's in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of South Florida. Kimberlyn earned initial certification and renewal in early adolescence, English language arts, from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

 Kimberlyn  Slagle

Why are you passionate about working at NIET?

I love NIET's dedication to ensuring all students have access to quality instruction and that schools are led by reflective and impactful teachers and leaders. I am curious about how the wisdom of a team can change the trajectory of a learner's life experiences, and working at NIET allows me to explore that curiosity. Working at NIET allows me to support schools and districts as they refine their systems of support for teaching and learning, and to learn from those schools and districts as they identify the best leadership strategies to impact learning.

What was your favorite subject in school and why?

My favorite subject in school was literature, or anything that combined inquiry/research with my own critical thinking and imagination. I love grammar, writing, and reading. To this day, I understand and experience things best when there is a written component with which I can engage.

Who is your favorite teacher?

This is a tough question. As a student, my favorite teacher was Dr. Valerie Janesick because she encouraged us to apply critical inquiry, popular culture, and mind-body practices to our educational leadership. As an educator, I have been a fan of many teachers, but I'd say my favorite teacher to observe is Lerri Cockrell because she uses a deep knowledge of standards and content pedagogy to make math accessible and fun for so many learners. Students in her class apply math reasoning and "own" their thinking in a way that gives them a lifetime of confidence.