PA Cyber educator named to leadership position within national teaching council
Jan 10, 2020
A PA Cyber teacher has been appointed to serve in a national leadership position for the National Council of Teachers of English, partly as a result of her outstanding leadership as president of its state-affiliated organization.
Amy Nyeholt, of Beaver Falls, is one of eight regional representatives for NCTE's Standing Committee on Affiliates. She will serve region 2 as a liaison and support among affiliates and their leadership in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.
Some of the main areas in which Nyeholt will be involved include planning affiliate leadership sessions at the national convention, preparing topics and initiatives for discussion at the bi-annual meetings, and getting to know more of the members across the country. In her new role, Nyeholt will also get to work with top leaders from the National Council — including incoming vice presidents of the council and the executive director — to promote new initiatives both nationally and regionally in the areas of teaching, learning, leadership and advocacy.
"It's also about being in conversation and communication within my region to help guide and direct the great things that the state- and local-level affiliate organizations want to do," Nyeholt explained. "I am thrilled to be able to help fellow teachers and leaders in my field in this way, and I hope I can provide a solid foundation of support for those I'll be serving in the next four years."
"NCTE is devoted to teachers and students through advocacy efforts. My experiences within this organization have helped me become the educator I am today," Nyeholt continued, "and I do not know where I would be without these people and this organization."
Nyeholt has been active on the board of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts since 2013, serving as membership secretary and for the last three years as president. On the state level, the organization holds annual conferences around the commonwealth and participates in activities devoted to the development of teachers and advocacy for students.
Throughout her tenure as president in the Pennsylvania Council, Nyeholt has written yearly letters for the convention program and a few blog posts on the state council's blog. This year, she presented at both the NCTE Annual Convention and the PCTELA Conference, mostly focusing on the way leadership can have a direct impact on how we teach and how students learn.
"I am looking forward to the next step and cannot wait to get started in my new role," she said.
Kirstey Ewald, chairwoman of the National Council's Standing Committee of Affiliates, said Nyeholt's experience as an eighth-grade English teacher and curriculum leader for grades 6-8 at PA Cyber made her a great candidate to serve English teachers nationally in Region 2.
"Further, her roles in PCTELA, currently as its president, give her an understanding of a state affiliate's role in supporting ELA teachers. Affiliates are often the first place educators turn to for the latest classroom practices, connection to other teachers in the field, and information about new pedagogies. This is a natural next step of leadership for Amy. As the SCOA chair, I am thrilled to have such a highly-qualified person join our committee," Ewald said.
Nyeholt began working at PA Cyber in 2010, first as a high school virtual classroom teacher before transitioning into her current role as a curriculum coordinator for English Language Arts in the 6-8 Academy. In the past, she was advisor for the Newspaper Club and currently enjoys participating in field trips.
"Getting to see our students in action has been one of the best parts of my job," Nyeholt shared.
Nyeholt graduated with her B.A. in English Education from Geneva College, has a master's degree in education from Franciscan University, and is currently working on her principal's certification from California University of Pennsylvania.
She will hold the position with National Council of Teachers of English for a four-year term, ending in November 2023.
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About PA Cyber
Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.