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Amber Pleasant

Program Director II, Adult Education & ESL

Educational Background

  • 2022 - M.Ed. in Bilingual and ESL Education; Northern Arizona University
  • 2012 - MDR  Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Pepperdine School of Law
  • 2009 - B.B.A. in International Business and Spanish; Harding University

Professional Background

Amber has been involved in education from both teaching and administrative approaches since 2011. She first discovered her passion for teaching while working with refugees and internally displaced people in Myanmar/Burma and Thailand. While in Southeast Asia, she also began working with a U.S.-based experiential education company that provides cultural and historical learning exchange programs for international high school students.

After earning a TEFL certification, she began teaching English Language Learners from East Asia, and continued in that capacity for several years. Most recently before joining Aims Community College, she worked with the nonprofit Conexión Américas to provide affordable adult education programs for immigrants and refugees in Nashville, TN. She has served as a teaching mentor for Vanderbilt University's Peabody practicum students and has taught customized ELL courses for the University of Montana. Her lifelong professional pursuit is building inclusive, culturally sustaining education programs and empowering teachers and students to achieve their goals.

Personal Interests

Outside the classroom, you will find the often-caffeinated Amber scuba diving, backpacking, cycling, being an Auntie, traveling, and indulging in amateur cat wrangling.