Amanda Aisen has worked with Academic Approach since 2010. After serving as an instructor and associate director for one-on-one services, Amanda began working with the curriculum team in 2011, leading the research and development efforts to design Academic Approach’s world-class curriculum. In 2012, Amanda also took on the role as one of the Directors of the School Programs team, where she served as a partner to school leaders to improve college readiness and student achievement in schools across the country. Currently, Amanda serves as Academic Approach’s Executive Director of Education, where she ensures the curriculum, instructors, and practices of our team provide the best educational opportunities for students and schools.
Amanda earned a bachelor of arts in political science and psychology from the University of Chicago. She then went on to teach eighth grade on Chicago’s south side while completing her master of arts in teaching from Dominican University’s School of Education. Through her work with students in Chicago’s schools, both as an eighth grade teacher and as an instructor for Academic Approach, Amanda worked to ensure her students improved their college readiness and were prepared for greater academic challenges. Through her ongoing work with teachers, she continues to not only improve student performance, but also to raise the bar for rigor in diverse classrooms.
What aspect of education or teaching are you the most passionate about?
“It’s so incredibly rewarding to work with students and teachers in challenging classrooms. There have been so many great moments of growth—small and large—that I have seen in our schools. My favorite part of what I do is seeing students and teachers hit goals they never believed possible. But with hard work, effective use of data, and commitment to growth, I have seen schools, teachers, and students achieve incredible things.” -Amanda Aisen