Amanda Hageman is the Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America in Houston, Texas. Amanda began her career in education as a 2005 Houston corps member with Teach For America. She taught 1st grade at Roosevelt Elementary School, a title one magnet school in the Houston Independent School District, for three years. At Roosevelt, Amanda chaired the Intervention Assistance Team and led her students to meet ambitious goals as a teacher in both the ESL and gifted and talented programs. After teaching and providing professional development for new teachers as a learning team leader with Teach For America, Amanda joined Teach For America’s full time staff in 2008 as a Program Director, coaching Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten teachers in charter and traditional schools across Houston. For the past three years, Amanda has served as the Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development, leading a large team to coach and develop teacher leaders across the city of Houston in five school districts. Amanda received a B.A. in Sociology from American University in 2005. She is looking forward to working towards expanding outcomes for children as a member of the 2012 SPA NYC cohort.