Amy Nicholas

Senior Project Director & Technical Assistance Specialist

With over a decade of experience as a technical assistance provider, Amy has participated in numerous state and national initiatives aimed at building and sustaining high-quality systems of service for young children with disabilities and their families. The majority of her work in this role has focused on advancing knowledge and creating helpful products/resources for states to use in the development and enhancement of early childhood data systems, including increasing program capacity to collect, analyze, and use data on child and family outcomes. She also brings skills and expertise to the AnLar team related to family-professional partnerships, screening and assessment practices, workforce development, and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to working in the technical assistance world, Amy spent 5 years as a university-level teacher preparation faculty member and taught for 8 years as an infant/toddler, preschool, and elementary special education teacher in Maryland and North Carolina. She has a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Maryland at College Park, a M.Ed. in Special Education-Learning Disabilities from North Carolina State University, and a B.S. in Biology from Towson University.

Amy lives with her family in Pinehurst, NC and can be found picking up stray dogs whenever possible. (Seriously, she carries a spare leash and treats in the car with her at all times.) She volunteers with a local canine rescue organization where she puts her dog whisperer skills to even more good use. When she’s not working or volunteering, Amy can be found playing in the dirt with her daughter, experimenting with a new fitness class (that she’ll end up quitting after three attempts), or trying to convince herself that she likes gardening.

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