Pilar Holtrop serves schools and districts in the West for NIET as West team director. She is thrilled about making a difference is student and teachers lives.
While she officially started with NIET in 2020, Pilar has been a part of the NIET family since 2000 at Horizon Community Learning Center in Arizona, as one of the first pilot TAP schools in Arizona. Pilar started her career as a classroom teacher and naturally rose into roles of K-12 leadership, such as mentor teacher, master teacher, and ultimately administrator. She taught, coached, and supervised elementary grades in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Roosevelt School District (Arizona), and Horizon Community Learning Center.
Pilar solidified her passion for coaching peers as a regional master teacher under Arizona State University's (ASU) federal Teacher Incentive Fund grant, the AZ Ready-for-Rigor Project, which supported the implementation of TAP across the state. Following the grant, she became chief talent officer overseeing human resources at ASU Preparatory Academies. She currently serves on the Horizon school board.
An ASU alumna and loyal Sun Devil, Pilar obtained her bachelor's degree in elementary education with an emphasis in language arts, followed by a Master of Education in educational leadership.