Dr. Amy Walker has been an educator for 36 years. Following 26 years of teaching students with serious emotional support needs at a residential treatment facility, Amy transitioned to the position of Instructional Coach Mentor for Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV. In her role as a mentor, Amy worked one-to-one and with small groups of instructional coaches to support them in improving teaching and learning in their schools. She worked collaboratively with the Pennsylvania Institute for Instructional Coaching, the IU Curriculum Director, school administrators, and instructional coaches to determine professional learning needs and create plans to deliver high- quality professional learning experiences to meet those needs.
As an educational consultant for Midwestern Intermediate Unit, Amy specialized in initiatives around literacy teaching and learning. She collaborated with individual school districts on their school improvement plans, implementing literacy initiatives, and providing professional development in the areas of Core Standards, Special Education Inclusion, and Instructional Design.
Amy has served as an adjunct instructor for Slippery Rock State University, Westminster College, and the University of Pennsylvania where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in reading, writing, assessment, special education, English as a second language, and literacy leadership.
Amy has contributed to educational books, published an article in Reading and Writing Quarterly, and presented at a number of national, state, and local conferences on varied topics related to teaching and learning and Instructional Coaching.