Trey Forrester

Senior Specialist, South Carolina SEED

Trey Forrester is an NIET senior specialist in South Carolina. He joins NIET after serving as an educator at diverse levels and specialties for 15 years. Trey most recently worked as an assistant principal in Greenville County Schools, South Carolina. Along with that role, he assisted with training evaluators for the South Carolina Teaching Standards 4.0 Rubric as well as served as a guest lecturer at Clemson University and Furman University.

Before his administrator role in Greenville County Schools, Trey was the district director of secondary education in Union County Schools; ascended through the career path of the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement as a mentor, master, and administrator at a Greenville charter school; and worked as a teacher and behavior interventionist at an alternative program in Greenville County Schools. Trey has taught grades spanning fourth through ninth, beginning as a fifth grade teacher in 2006.

Trey received a bachelor's in elementary education from Clemson University, a master's in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University, and an educational specialist degree in educational leadership and administration from Arkansas State University. He is a native of Greenville.

 Trey  Forrester

Why are you passionate about working at NIET?

I am passionate about working for NIET because I have seen the results of NIET's research and work firsthand. Serving as a teacher and administrator in a Title 1 school where 100% of the students were eligible for free and reduced-price lunch. Students struggled to make gains, and our school was failing every year. We had to make drastic changes to our practices. When our school became a part of the TAP System, we started seeing great gains with our students and teachers. I fell in love with NIET after seeing the changes to teacher practices and student work as our school became a value-added 5 − the highest-possible student achievement growth score − in our third year in TAP.

What do you do in your free time?

I currently live in Greenville with my wife and sons. In my free time, I love spending time with my sons and watching Clemson football and sports. I love being outdoors, riding through the mountain with my family in our Jeep, and playing multiple sports. My family also enjoys watching a few shows such as "The Curse of Oak Island" and "The Mandalorian."