Amy has more than twenty years in the field of education. With more than nine years of teaching experience and 11 years of administrative experience, Amy has served at the local school level, central office district level, and state department level. During her administrative time, she served as an assistant principal, principal, literacy specialist, as well as a director for two departments at the Mississippi State Department of Education: Division of Reading, Early Childhood, and Language Arts; and the Division of Educator Misconduct within the Office of Educator Quality.
As a director in the Reading Office from 2010 - 2012, Amy served as the State Director of the Reading First grant. Among other duties, she often developed and provided literacy professional development to educators, Institutions of Higher Learning, and Community Stakeholders. Amy's other main duties included: overseeing grant implementation of 58 schools in 33 districts; supervising five full time regional service officers and twelve contract workers in providing technical assistance and literacy professional development to schools; and reviewing budget amendment requests for districts. She was also responsible for communicating with the grant's outside evaluator and submitting the Annual Performance Report for the grant to the United States Department of Education. All these duties included significant writing, reporting, and communication skills. When funding for the Reading First grant ended in October, 2011, the MS Department of Education hired Amy in another capacity: to serve as the Director of the Division of Educator Misconduct.
This position also required a notable degree of reporting, presentation, and communication skills. As the Director of the Division of Educator Misconduct within the Office of Educator Quality, Amy's duties included: preparing cases against educators accused of misconduct to be heard by the MS State Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification, and Licensure Development; serving as the MS Department of Education's witness for the Attorney General's office during hearings; and providing professional development on the MS Educator Code of Ethics to stakeholders. An email containing a sample of her most current PowerPoint presentations is available upon request.
Amy also has firsthand teaching experience, having spent nine years of her career as a classroom teacher. Her varied experiences in the field of education over the past twenty years have given her great knowledge in the field of education. Amy enjoys researching educational trends, topics, and current events. Amy believes that in the field of education, the educator must always remain a learner as well!