Ann Neeley is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. Dr. Neeley has more than 15 years of experience in both reading improvement and school turnaround initiatives, and has spent ten years providing state education agency support. Her interest in school safety resulted in research at Texas A&M on the impact of the threat of violence on Texas school districts. Currently, Dr. Neeley co-leads initiatives that support the Texas Education Agency (TEA), one in which high school career and technical education (CTE) courses in oil and gas will be written and implemented in Texas high schools. In another TEA project, support is provided for the development and piloting of the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS). Previously, her work included collaborating with the National High School Center on the development of an early warning system for high school students. This resulted in a Texas version of the tool that was demonstrated and shared with schools, districts, and Education Service Centers. Another recent project with TEA was the development and implementation of a process for Texas CTE educators to align educator standards to updated student standards. The process was adapted to include an in-person version and a remote version to meet the variety of TEA needs and resources.
Dr. Neeley spent more than 30 years in an urban school district. Half of those years were focused on the improvement of reading in grades K–12. The other portion of her public school career focused on school leadership at both the elementary and secondary levels. A school for which she served as a principal was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School and by the Corporate Fund for Children as a Best of Texas School.