Amy Carrier’s mission is to create systemic change in education to teach every child the skills needed to become empowered, thriving citizens who can navigate adulthood and the new global economy. Since 2000, her unique voice and message of bringing together schools with the people and resources in their communities has resonated throughout her work in the classroom and the world. Amy is a pioneer in the development of programs, new initiatives and collaborative partnerships in education that bring together community members, businesses, teachers, parents, and students. She has developed organizations, new systems, strategies and programs all focused on connecting students with the larger community to better prepare young people for life after graduation, building career-ready and tech-fluent skills critical to 21st century success. She brings a breadth of experience and perspective from her work building collaborations in the classroom, school districts, several states, a national organization and East Africa. Amy is an excellent speaker, communicator and motivator for the causes of empowering youth ingenuity, community as the classroom, and equity in education.
An undeniably passionate advocate for educational change that impacts students today, Amy Carrier has a long track record of proven success in the conceptualization, design and implementation of new organizational structures to deliver on that mission. She has built systems, programs, growth initiatives, curriculum, training workshops, boards, governance structures and policies all to improve efficiency, efficacy and improved collaboration. Her work with school systems straddles deep engagement in both administration and the classroom, allowing her to effectively build and implement innovative solutions that strategically function for the the system as a whole.
Ms. Carrier spent six years as a teacher in an urban classroom. As the director and instructor for a school-based program, she developed and demonstrated the viability of a business and entrepreneurship curriculum that prepared 11th & 12th grade students with critical 21st century skills. Among the many partnerships she developed and managed to support student learning, one became an award-winning best practice for building a bridge between businesses and schools. Her school-level work garnered much attention and has since led to the expansion of her mission to equip students with 21st century and behavioral skills far beyond the United States into East Africa.
Amy is highly skilled at the conceptualization of new solutions that take a systemic view and consider all parties involved. She demonstrated this through the development and expansion of state-level chapters of a national educational nonprofit, Tech Corps, where she negotiated the vast cultural and economic disparities of a dozen states. During her tenure at the national office, she experienced the deep dichotomies existing between the economically challenged southern states including Alabama and Arkansas and the resource-rich environments of the chapters she managed in New York City and Chicago. Amy carried this powerful insight into another role for the organization, establishing and directing the first Boston chapter of Tech Corps. She successfully doubled the funder’s goal of ten school-based programs to twenty in less than three years and built lasting partnerships between the schools and several businesses in the greater Boston area.
Ms. Carrier’s perspective and experience in the field of education, and unwavering commitment to empowering youth spans her entire career and has deep roots in her own teenage years. During her college years, Amy quickly learned the importance of having strong business-savvy skills in addition to her passion for youth empowerment as she took the lead on developing new programs for under-served youth. She was the event director for county-wide training workshops for youth workers and a founding team member of a new mentoring program for college freshmen with disabilities. Amy further deepened her commitment to working with disadvantaged youth by serving as a tutor at a maximum security facility for juvenile boys in Ithaca, New York.
Amy was the child of a single working class mother and was the first to attend college in her family. She attributes her desire for a better educational experience for all students to her own experience navigating college and career choices without the guidance of professional adults. She speaks often about the social justice of “leveling the playing field” for all students so that bright young people are able to break free from the cycles of poverty and achieve their dreams.
Whether in the classroom or in the board room, Amy’s eye is focused on the bigger picture of ensuring that decisions made are in the best interest of empowering youth in a way that best ensures their preparedness for and confidence to head out into an uncertain world. Her warmth, diplomacy and genuine concern for what matters most has demonstrated success in every corner of her career – whether in deepening strategic partnerships between schools and businesses or empowering a shy young woman in a classroom to find her voice.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York and has completed graduate work at St. John’s University in New York City.
Noteworthy: Amy Carrier
- Amy’s work has been featured by CNN, the Boston Business Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, the Education Resource Consortium, SouthEast Education Network Magazine and the Fenway News.
- November 2016: Amy presented her “Five Key Areas of Post-Secondary Preparation” necessary for all high school students at the Learning & The Brain Conference in Boston, MA.
- October 2014: Amy presented a keynote on building systems for businesses and schools to partner in preparing students for career success at the 2014 INSPIRE conference.
- Amy is a Member of the Simmons College Race, Education and Democracy STEM Network and a Member and Signatory for the Boston: Forward Coalition.
- May 2013: Boston’s first education-technology entrepreneurship center, Exponential Tech Space, extended an invitation to Amy to house the Empowerment Through Education offices at the Back Bay, Boston location.
- In April of 2013, Amy presented a 5-minute IGNITE presentation at the first annual National Institute for Student Centered Education INSPIRE conference.
- In the summer of 2012, shortly after officially launching her new business, Amy Carrier’s new initiative, Empowerment Through Education became an Opportunity Nation Coalition Partner.
- Amy appeared on CNN NewsRoom in November of 2010 to discuss her unique programmatic and curricular approach to better preparing youth for the world of work through teaching entrepreneurship in school.
- Amy was awarded Boston Business Journal’s Corporate Citizenship Summit 2010 Partnership of the Year award in conjunction with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
- In 2009, Amy’s program was the recipient of a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ 6-month sabbatical award, the first of its kind dedicated to an educational institution.
- Her noteworthy school-based program at Fenway High School became a FDIC Money Smart for Young Adults Partner in 2008.
- Also in 2008, through her great engagement of employees as mentors in the classroom, her team of volunteers earned the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ‘Blue Crew’ Award for their impressive school-based impact.
- Simmons College granted Amy’s program and efforts their Community Partner Award in 2008.
- Amy has attended and presented at multiple national and innovative educational conferences including The Coalition of Essential Schools’ annual Fall Forum; the INSPIRE conference hosted by Schools for Children, the Independent Curriculum Group; and Fenway High School’s Summer Institute.
Major Workshops and Speaking Engagements
- Speaker: “Empowering Today’s Youth to Become Tomorrow’s Leaders of Change” – Learning & The Brain Conference, November, 2016
- Host & Guest Speaker: “Youth Ingenuity” – 2015 The Feast Boston, April Edition, Impact Hub Boston, April 18, 2015
- Speaker: Thinking About Your Future, A Talk with MIT Undergraduates Interested in Social Impact: MIT students working with BrainPower at the Cambridge Innovation Center, January 2015
- Speaker: The Power of a Liberal Arts Degree
Susan diPace Speaker Series, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, November 2014
- Keynote: Differentiation for Real Life: Building School-Day Programs That Prepare Students for the World of Work with the Support of Business Partners.
National Institute for Student Centered Education (NISCE) INSPIRE 2014 Conference, Norwood, MA, October 2014
- Workshop: Leveling the Playing Field: Equity of Access for ALL Students to Life and Career Readiness Curriculum and Real-World Experiences.
Education for Social Justice Conference, Boston, MA, May 2014
- Speaker: The Tipping Point in Education: A Call for All Hands on Deck
National Institute for Student Centered Education (NISCE) INSPIRE 2013 Conference, Boston, MA, April 2013
- Speaker: The Role of Mentoring in Building A Career
Annual Ithaca College Network Nights, Boston, MA, January 2013
- Workshop: Teaching Students to Develop and Pitch a Viable Business Plan
Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) Annual Fall Forum National Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 2009
- Speaker: Re-Imagining the Senior Year: Projects and Capstone Experiences
Independent Curriculum Group Conference, Newton, MA, October 2009
- Workshop: Teaching Professionalism & Real World Workplace Skills for Tomorrow’s Workforce Today
Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) Annual Fall Forum National Conference, Charlotte, NC, November 2008
- Workshop: Experiencing the Real World with Inclusion for all Learners
Fenway High School Summer Institute “Access and Inclusion”, Boston, MA, Summer 2008