Robin Variest serves as a senior specialist in Louisiana. Robin brings 26 years of experience in public, parochial, and charter schools in Texas and Louisiana. Prior to joining NIET, Robin worked as an assistant principal and professional development coach in Pointe Coupee Parish Schools. She worked for the Louisiana Department of Education as a TAP executive master teacher supporting Pointe Coupee Parish and Tangipahoa Parish school districts. Robin also served as a district-based executive master teacher for East Feliciana Parish Schools. While working in East Feliciana, she also served as Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) project director/literacy coordinator, as well as career and technical education support. Prior to her roles in school and district leadership, Robin worked as a secondary mathematics teacher and a TAP master teacher.
Robin has served in many capacities in various local education agencies. However, the overwhelming majority of experiences have been supporting teachers and students in classrooms. Coaching teachers and facilitating professional development reinforce her core value of servant leadership.
Robin received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Mathematics) from Southern University and her Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from University of Phoenix.