Amy Van Oostrum-Engler
Amy started working for Teach For America to establish the program in North Carolina after returning from a year of working with schools in Guatemala. She served as TFA Regional Director and then Executive Director for five years. During that time, she saw the disparity of educational opportunities in historically underserved school systems throughout the United States. From this experience, her passion for educational equality and opportunity blossomed.
Amy graduated Wake Forest University with a degree in psychology, and she also earned a Florida teaching license through additional course work and student-teaching through Florida International University. She has taught a variety of middle and high school courses in a special program for pregnant teenagers. She continued working to build organizations designed to recruit and support educators, including TFA-NC and Professional Educators of North Carolina, before returning to the classroom to work with adult students in the English as a Second Language and literacy programs at Wake Technical Community College. She also taught classes in Wake Tech’s Adult English as a Second Language certificate program. Amy has created and led a variety of professional development workshops, both at state conferences and within Wake Tech.
Amy is thrilled to be working with Helps Education Fund, and is excited to meet and assist educators and families through this great organization and its programs. True change in education can only happen through individual relationships – student to teacher, teacher to parent, coach to teacher, etc. Amy is eager to build those relationships and work to have even a small impact on the education of those who could most benefit from our programs.
Amy lives in Cary with her husband, Ray, in the home where they raised their three children. They love to spend time on the lake and with family.