Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
Mattituck, New York
2016 Washington Teacher Ambassador Fellow
English Teacher, Mattituck Jr.-Sr. High School
Bio/Overview: Amanda Barney is an English teacher at Mattituck Jr.-Sr. High School located on the East End of Long Island, New York. In addition to teaching for the past seventeen years, Barney is also a Department Coordinator and Staff Developer at Mattituck. In her hybrid leadership role, she develops best practices, plans and provides in-service courses for K-12 faculty, and structures discourse for pedagogical and administrative improvement. For the past two years, Barney has served as a National Teaching Fellow and New York State Educator Voice Lead Fellow with America Achieves. As a seasoned mentor and coach, Barney is committed to teacher-led, job-embedded professional learning, collaboration and reflection to foster maximized learning environments for students.
Educational Values/Philosophy: Barney believes passionately that all students deserve engaging, relevant, meaningful school experiences. Her commitment to learner-centered instruction, authentic assessment, and ongoing reflection is evidenced in her project-based work with her students who identify real-world problems, propose solutions, create action plans, determine criteria for success and implement their work in the local community. As a leader of adult learning, Barney values the voices of all educators and believes that by expanding teacher leadership roles, schools, students and their families will ultimately benefit from the shared experience and expertise of teacher leaders.
Achievements: Most recently Barney has served as an America Achieves National Teacher Fellow and New York Educator Voice Fellowship Lead Fellow where her role included developing a NYS impact project, advising policy makers, and supporting educators in publishing op-eds in local and national outlets. She has published articles at the local, regional, and national level. In 2008 she became a Communities for Learning Teacher Fellow, a role in an organization that supports learner-centered educational improvements. She has conducted action research and developed her leadership skills through her collaboration with other educators in Communities for Learning. Additionally, Barney secured a Communities for Learning grant that supported students in engaging in action research to improve their school community.
Leadership Experience: As the English Department Coordinator and Staff Developer at Mattituck Jr.-Sr. High School Barney is an active leader of the faculty, collaborating with administrators to develop and achieve department and district goals. Barney has acted as a mentor and advisor to her colleagues. She designs and delivers professional learning experiences to school faculty and presents best practices to outside organizations. As a New York State Common Core Ambassador, she trained with other educators and guided her colleagues through instructional changes. Barney was a New York State Education Department Career Ladder Pathways Team member and Teach to Lead State and Teacher Summit team member where she worked with diverse stakeholders from across her state in support of teacher leadership structures. In her District, she serves on the Technology Advisory Committee and District Leadership Team.
Affiliations: America Achieves, New York Educator Voice Fellowship, Communities for Learning, NYSED Career Ladder Pathways Team, New York State Union of Teachers, Certified Thinking Maps Trainer
Education: Amanda Barney holds her Bachelor of Arts in English from Bates College. She received her Masters of Education in Secondary English Education from Dowling College, and is currently working towards a School District Leader-School Building Leader Administrative Certificate at Stony Brook University.
Areas of Interest:
- Professional development and adult learning
- Teacher leadership and effectiveness
- Educational technology
- Google Apps for Educators