Dr. Amy Serafini is a postdoctoral scholar at The University of Texas at El Paso. Her postdoc work includes serving as an instructor and researcher in the Department of Educational Leadership & Foundations.
Amy earned a B.S. in elementary education from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, M.Ed. from Bucknell University, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from The University of Texas at El Paso. Her dissertation research focused on the formation of identity during the course of a professional transition. Her conceptual framework was based primarily on Third Space theory.
Dr. Serafini’s leadership background includes serving as a campus principal for approximately 10 years on the Southwest border of the United States. The schools she had the honor to lead had a high mobility rate, and a high percentage of students were acquiring a second language.
While serving as principal, Amy established a professional learning community environment and employed distributed leadership. Under her leadership, teachers implemented a rigorous curriculum and individualized instruction which resulted in increased academic achievement.
Amy grew up swimming in the Susquehanna River and stomping around the Allegheny Mountains, affectionately known as the black forest. The river and the mountains were literally in her backyard of her home in the small, impoverished town of Renovo, Pennsylvania. Amy traveled to the West Texas town El Paso on a blind date and fell in love…with El Paso.