Sarah Jolly-Swift

Senior Specialist, Louisiana

Sarah Jolly-Swift joins NIET after serving Louisiana's Rapides Parish School System for the past 13 years. Sarah is a passionate advocate for educational equity and access to effective instruction for every child, every day. As an educational leader, she is dedicated to providing instructional support and necessary resources for administrators and teachers to increase instructional effectiveness and positively impact student achievement outcomes.

Prior to her position at NIET, Sarah was an upper elementary classroom teacher, TAP mentor, and in the last 4 years served as a TAP master teacher in Rapides Parish where her school was recognized as a top growth/top gains school in ELA and math. In addition, she has over 10 years of experience supporting teachers both district and statewide through the facilitation of a variety of professional development trainings. Topics of the trainings include implementation of curricula, educational technology, RTI, evaluation practices, and classroom management strategies as well as serving the district through memberships on the math curriculum selection committee, teacher leader, instructional support coach, and as a state content leader in secondary math.

Sarah holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a Master of Education in educational technology leadership for grades k-12 from Northwestern State University of Louisiana.


 Sarah  Jolly-Swift

Why are you passionate about working at NIET?

I am passionate about working at NIET because its mission and values are consistently driven by addressing student needs with practical solutions. NIET does so by providing schools with the highest-quality support systems and tools they require to ensure all students have access to the highest-quality instruction every day. As an educator and instructional leader, I have experienced the impact of NIET processes as they increase student achievement and positively impact both students and teachers. I am grateful to be a part of such a dynamic team as we work together to maximize instructional capacity and student success on a greater scale.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy baking, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. I also serve on the Alumnae Advisory Committee as the academic advisor for the Kappa Chi Chapter of AOII. In this role, I support to the academic officer and chapter members to promote and maintain the standards of excellence with education and academics. It is all about valuing the moments that will become memories with the ones I love.