Amber Teamann is the proud principal of Whitt Elementary in Wylie ISD in Wylie, Texas. During her educational career, Amber’s comprehensive understanding of student learning has resulted in a successful blend of technology and teaching. From a 4th grade teacher at a public school technology center, to her role as a Title I Technology Facilitator responsible for 17 campuses, Amber has helped students and staff navigate their digital abilities and responsibilities. She transformed the way information is shared in one of the largest school districts in Texas by piloting a communication initiative that launched Twitter, and led to 100-percent campus participation. Through her campus level leadership, she has helped initiate classroom change district wide, empowering teachers at all levels through digital initiatives.
Amber has received numerous awards, including Regional Assistant Principal of the Year and a “Principal of the Year” engagement award. She recently was recognized as the Dallas Down Syndrome Educator of the Year for her work with inclusivity on her campus. TCEA honored her as a state finalist for “Administrator of the Year”. She also partnered with George Couros to develop and curate leadership with the “School Admin Virtual Mentoring Project”, which connected over 400 educators worldwide in a digital space that nurtured and cultivated leadership. She was a contributing author for “Education Write Now“, on changing the way you think about leadership. Through her state organization, TEPSA, she has shared in numerous webinars, articles, and conferences with administrators at all levels.
Amber has also co-created a space on Facebook, for principals, by principals that shares staff appreciation and motivation ideas, tips and tricks to ensure the well being of a campus staff. With over 5000 members, it has become a collaborative space where administrators are able to connect, be renewed and feel as if taking care of their people is a FUN and easy thing to do. A second group focuses on Principal Productivity.
Having keynoted several events, she is passionate about inspiring innovation through her experiences and impetus for student success in a digitally full world. Amber speaks nationally at educational conferences, including Digital Learning Day in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education in Washington DC. She also developed and led the inaugural Region X Digital Fluency Academy for Administrators, supporting her favorite quote, “The smartest person in the room IS the room.” Amber knows we can all be better together and strives to make every day the very best it can be for each member of her staff and students.
In addition to blogging for Connected Principals, she is a firm believer in modeling a digital footprint. Her educational philosophy and digital portfolio can be found at “TECHnically yours, Teamann” or on twitter, @8amber8. She also showcases #allthethings on Instagram.