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Summer Principals Academy
The Education Leadership Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership
Amber Smith is the Literacy Instructional Coach at Haven Academy located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx in New York City. Haven Academy is a school community that serves students from a variety of backgrounds, but is uniquely designed to meet the needs of at-risk students who are currently in foster care and receiving preventative services through the child welfare system. In her position, Amber oversees all reading, writing, and social studies curriculum in grades Pre-K – 5th, works with teachers to assist with the development of instructional and assessment practices, and teaches guided reading and reading intervention classes in grades 3rd – 5th. Previously Amber taught middle school English Language Arts and Social Studies and high school World History in Austin, TX and middle school Humanities in a Special Education setting in New York City. She aspires to learn and become better equipped to create an environment that empowers teachers and collaborates with families and communities, to mold students into individuals who are independent, resilient, and possess the skills and abilities necessary to be resourceful, considerate citizens who can act as agents of change in both their families and communities.