Amatullah Stanback has dedicated her life’s work to ensuring that one day access and equity become a reality for every child regardless of their test scores, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or zip code. As a first-generation college graduate, she is driven by the quote by Nelson Mandela that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” knowing that the lack of education could have completely changed her trajectory. Her experience and beliefs ground her in the passion for educational equity knowing that educators have an important role in creating pathways of opportunity for students.
Amatullah has committed her career to advancing opportunities through education for the past 15 years. As an administrator, one of her proudest accomplishments was expanding access to advanced high school credit math classes for 8th graders. This initiative was successful because of internal and external collaboration, analysis of historical data through an equity lens, and a focus on student-centered support strategies. As a result of this project, the number of minority and poor students accessing advanced courses and student academic success was improved.
Amatullah has continued to work towards ensuring that the path towards equity and access become a reality for all students. She has served as a teacher and administrator at the school and district level. In recent years, she worked towards educational reform in the United Arab Emirates as a Principal and Academic Vice Principal to support sustainable school improvement initiatives in remote government schools. Prior to coming to EOS, she also served as a virtual math teacher.
Her favorite positions in life have been serving as a mother of two boys (Omar and Johnathan) and wife to Derrick. To relax, she enjoys watching basketball (all levels) and catching up on reality television.