Amber Hester has been an educator for over 20 years. She received her BEd from the University of Regina and her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Saskatchewan. Amber was trained in Middle Years and High School but has taught a variety of subjects K-12 in both urban and rural communities. As a teacher, Amber worked with Saskatchewan Learning on the piloting and implementation of the Core French curriculum for teachers across the province. Her Masters work focused on the importance of schools collaborating with First Nations and Community Partners to enhance learning for all students.
Amber has held a variety of leadership positions and worked in a variety of school divisions in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. She was Vice -Principal of a K-12 school and Principal of both a K-6 School and a 5-12 School. As an administrator, Amber’s key focus was to create collaborative teams and embrace the RTI model to ensure a collective responsibility in providing effective interventions for students.
Amber has held a variety of district office positions as well. She was the Coordinator of Continuous Improvement for the North East School Division. Amber worked across the district with all schools and departments (learning, inclusive learning, transportation, facilities, etc), creating strategic plans and accountability mechanisms that would evidence the districts progress towards their goals and priorities and finding efficiencies, all with the lens of of supporting students and increasing student achievement. Amber reported and presented all district information and data to Saskatchewan Learning on an annual basis.
Amber has held two Assistant Superintendent positions in Chinook School Division in Saskatchewan and the second in Wolf Creek Public Schools in Alberta. As Assistant Superintendent in Chinook School Division, she was responsible for leadership development of principals, the learning agenda, and supporting a cluster of schools in all areas of operation such as: inclusive learning, budget, school learning plans, facilities,and transportation. Human Resources, including Administrator and teacher supervision and evaluation, hiring, providing support and mentorship programming were also key areas in her portfolio.
The last eight years Amber has held the position of Assistant Superintendent of Inclusive Learning Services in Wolf Creek Public Schools. Amber led a district support team and created system level plans and processes for the following areas: programming for diverse learning needs, School Social Worker Program, First Nations Metis and Inuit programming, Program Unit Funding and growing the awareness, understanding, and capacity of leaders and all staff in the area of inclusion.
Amber developed district teams and school level teams to support all students. She actualized the Collaborative Response Model and expanded the CRM process at a district level. Amber has developed policies, system processes, and procedures to streamline service delivery for students. Amber created strategic plans in all areas and developed local measures that were included in the district’s Three-Year Plan and School Learning Plans.
Amber cultivated effective relationships and working partnerships with Alberta Health Services, Mental Health, Zone 4 RCSD, RCMP, community agencies, provincial organizations and Alberta Education.
She has served on many committees and boards. Some highlights from Saskatchewan include:
- Provincial Research and Accountability Committee – this group worked to shape accountability mechanisms for systems and student assessment for learning data for provincial accountability measures
- League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents (LEADS).
Highlights from Alberta include:
- College of Alberta School Superintendent (CASS) Board of Directors
- Safe and Caring Schools and Communities Board of Directors
- CASS First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education Action Committee,
- RCSD Zone 4 Executive.
Amber has presented on a variety of topics above at many conferences and events including CASS Conferences, Rural Education, CASS/Alberta Education First Nations, Metis and Inuit Gathering, Support Staff Conferences and Teachers’ Conventions.
Amber’s passion and expertise are working collaboratively to strategic plan, build solid teams and increase leadership and staff capacity to determine how teams and systems can best support students. Amber is dedicated to work in a collaborative manner in a variety of capacities to help individuals, teams and systems grow to support all students.