Amy coaches K-12 educational organizations to help them achieve their improvement goals. She works with clients and coach colleagues to establish appropriate goals that support the Nine Principles™ Framework and the unique needs of each client through vision and goal alignment. She helps clients develop strategic plans and scorecards that assess what matters most and the tools and tactics that support organizational excellence and continuous improvement in a variety of educational settings.
To transform their organizations, leaders must continuously review and analyze data, problem solve, and know how to cascade an improvement process so that everyone understands how their actions impact results.”
Amy draws upon her experience in the classroom, in school site and district leadership, in state-level leadership, and in educational consulting to coach educational leaders and institutions on enhancing educational programs that promote equitable learning outcomes and develop the skills and efficacy of those who learn, work, and lead in schools. She helps complex organizations navigate state, federal, and local policies to create improvements that accelerate learning, professional competencies, and programmatic coherence.
During her career, Amy has:
- As the deputy secretary, led the development and implementation of a Northeastern state education agency’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan, including community partner engagement, the strategic alignment of priorities and resources, support and training for district leaders, and coordination with federal and state partners. This initiative helped ensure state and district access to over $500 million in federal funding and provided the state with the information needed to support continuous improvement within its schools.
- Advised public school districts and charter networks to implement effective teacher evaluation systems to create coherent systems for feedback and professional development aligned to staffing needs.
- In multiple roles, overseen the strategic implementation of federal funding streams ($4.2 million to $500 million annually) to achieve high-priority goals by way of braiding and blending federal funds to increase flexibility while maintaining adherence to program allowances and compliance.
- As the deputy secretary, worked with the education community to develop a qualitative review of schools to augment quantitative accountability, creating opportunities for networks of school staff and leaders to share best practices across districts and contributing to data-driven, continuous improvement efforts for school districts in the state.
Prior to joining Huron Studer Education, Amy served in multiple leadership roles in education with an emphasis on promoting educational equity and system improvement. She has held the role of a science, history, and AVID teacher; an induction mentor; an elementary and a middle school site leader, a district administrator, and a state leader. Amy has worked in both traditional public schools and public charter networks. She served as a deputy state secretary for Vermont during the creation of the state response to the Every Student Succeeds Act and as the chief academic officer for Downtown College Prep, a charter management organization dedicated to ensuring that first-generation college students can achieve their academic dreams.
Amy earned her doctorate of education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She achieved two master’s degrees of education: one in administrative leadership from California State University, Northridge and one in secondary teaching from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also earned her Bachelor of Arts. Amy holds an educational leadership certification and licensure in Vermont.
A regular speaker and panelist, Amy has presented for the Chief Council of State School Officers, as a keynote speaker representing the Vermont Agency of Education, and for various other educational conferences and events.
Areas of Expertise
- Cultural Change
- Organizational Design and Alignment
- Education & Research
Education & Certifications
- Ed.D., Harvard University
- M.Ed., California State University, Northridge
- M.Ed., University of California, Los Angeles
- B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
- Educational leadership certification and licensure, Vermont