Laura Tew

Senior Specialist, South Carolina and Tennessee

As a senior specialist, Laura supports schools across South Carolina and Tennessee, and remotely, everywhere. She is most excited about the impact that NIET has on student outcomes by putting powerful tools in the hands of great teachers and school leaders.

Laura taught for over 20 years in middle school and fifth grade, including serving as a TAP master teacher and dean of instruction in a charter middle/high school. She also has experience with corrections education, inpatient behavioral health educational therapy, and recovery education. 

Laura was raised in the Air Force and attended Department of Defense schools all over the world. She earned her bachelor's in elementary education at the University of Connecticut, a master's in divergent learning from Columbia College, and is a National Board Certified Generalist. 

 Laura  Tew

Why are you passionate about working at NIET?

I am passionate about working at NIET because I have seen firsthand the way that the structures and tools can transform a school from failing on the state report card to excellent. I believe in this mission because I benefited from it as both a classroom teacher and as a school leader. I'm a product of NIET, and I'm so proud to be part of the team that built me.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time I mentor moms of U.S. Navy recruits as their hero-children head off to boot camp and throughout their first deployments. My youngest child, Nick, is a currently deployed hospital corpsman and my experience supporting him and letting him go taught me that there is a strong network of support among Navy moms. Helping the new moms to navigate the system in order to support their sailor is one of my favorite ways to spend my free time.