We are redefining education and developing schools where an entire community works together to provide educational and social-emotional support for our mini-Mountaineers.
Dr. Amie Snow, calls both Staten Island, New York and King, North Carolina, home. She earned a B.A. in elementary education from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in 2002, and an M.A. in reading education and Ed. D. in educational leadership from Appalachian State University in 2006 and 2014, respectively. Dr. Snow recently completed UNC’s Master of Public Administration program in Spring 2023. She currently serves as a Director of Curriculum and Federal Programs at both App State lab schools, Academy at Middle Fork and Academy at Elkin. Read on to learn more:
Why did you choose to work at the App State lab schools?
I chose to work at the lab schools because of the time I spent at App State with faculty in the Department of Reading Education and Special Education. As both a master’s student and doctoral candidate, I worked closely with them to learn about how important it is for every child to learn to read.
I knew that at the lab schools, we would focus our work on helping our students become readers and writers who impact the world around them. We are redefining education and developing schools where an entire community works together to provide educational and social-emotional support for our mini-Mountaineers.
What's your favorite part about working at the lab schools?
I love our mini-Mountaineers. They make me smile every day and I work to be a better educator and leader every day because of each of them. I also love working with the employees — we have some of the best teachers and staff who are always focused on our students and their needs. They go above and beyond and work tirelessly to provide every student with what they need to be successful.
How are you impacting education in your community?
At the lab schools, we care deeply about the work we do across the curriculum, as well as the work we do to support each student's social-emotional growth.
I believe that a school should work closely with families and the community to offer an educational experience that prepares students to successfully engage with their world. Every elementary school has the amazing ability to inspire its students with a school day full of engagement, imagination and curiosity. This is what we are doing at the lab schools, and we hope to be a model for other schools.
What was your favorite subject when you were in elementary school?
The lab schools have a reading literacy focus. What is your favorite book?
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, and Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Just for fun, what is your favorite candy?