Stephanie Reiners

Senior Specialist, South Central

Stephanie Reiners joins NIET after serving 29 years as an educator in Acadia and Lafayette Parish School Systems. Prior to joining NIET, Stephanie championed for students in high-needs schools as a teacher, school principal, instructional specialist, and director of district academic improvement. As a servant leader, Stephanie knows that teachers are the key to unlocking a lifetime of opportunities for all students and recognizes how important it is to build a leader pipeline that supports teacher voice. 

Knowing that data-driven, strategic support is critical in developing both content knowledge and pedagogy, Stephanie has worked closely with district leaders in supporting school leaders, instructional coaches, and teachers to make great gains for students in Comprehensive Intervention Required(CIR) schools. Most recently, to address the need to recruit, build, and retain an exemplary teacher workforce, Stephanie has led work with school and district leaders to develop cohorts of teacher leaders. Maintaining and strengthening our dedicated educators has been the focus for the work with a mission to build teacher capacity to make instructional shifts that will create lasting change and impact student growth and achievement.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Sciences and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Social Studies and Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Stephanie obtained a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.

 Stephanie  Reiners

Why are you passionate about working at NIET?

As a district leader, NIET’s support was instrumental in creating and implementing intentional plans that provided the strategic focus necessary to guide historically struggling schools.  I am passionate about working with NIET and joining the mission of growing educators to ensure that every child has the opportunity and access to high quality instruction.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Ms. Molly Grant, my 5th grade teacher.  She showed a struggling student how to believe in herself, how do a little extra work and practice, and how to never give up.  She believed in me, until I believed in myself.

What do you do in your free time?

Spending time with my family is the highlight of every day. Whether it’s mealtime conversation, vacations, movie time or even if it means I must get a little dirty with all the boys, there is nothing like hanging out with them. Baking, crafting, hanging out with girlfriends, and binge-watching great shows are other things that bring me joy!