Amy Niemeier has been an educator for seventeen years and is currently in her seventh year as principal of Slate Run Elementary School. Amy holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University and Education Specialist degree from Indiana State University. After seeing the positive impact Conscious Discipline had on her personal life as a wife and mother as well as on children, families, and the school community since 2013, Amy has made it her mission to share Conscious Discipline with others.
Amy has spent over 17 years working in the education field. She started her career as a first-grade teacher and has also worked as an interventionist, Reading Recovery teacher, Title I Coordinator, administrative intern, and assistant principal. She is currently in her seventh year as principal of Slate Run Elementary School. Serving the community is also important to Amy, as she serves as a member of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Board of Trustees and is the secretary of the Harvest Homecoming Festival, a non-profit organization and festival in Southern Indiana.
In 2013, Amy learned about Conscious Discipline as part of a half-day workshop with Dr. Bailey at the Indiana Association for Early Childhood Education. She then began the journey to implement Conscious Discipline with her staff at Slate Run. At the time, the school culture was very chaotic. Administrators, teachers, and students felt stressed and burnt out. Conscious Discipline sparked Amy’s interest as an adult-first model. She understood the concept of, “putting our oxygen masks on first, then helping children.”
Under Amy’s leadership, Slate Run saw a huge culture shift in teachers, staff, students, and families. Adults now see conflict as an opportunity to teach and are able to support students with new skills and tools for self-regulation. Amy says adults and children can feel the difference and the power of the School Family. Referrals have decreased, test scores have increased, and Slate Run has earned an “A” from the Indiana Department of Education.
Amy’s own Conscious Discipline success story has ignited her passion for sharing Conscious Discipline with others. She has experience with classroom coaching, school-wide implementation, and working with teachers, students, and parents. Her guidance is described as inspiring and impactful.×