Dr. Amelia Courts has extensive leadership experience in the education sector and a record of success in collaborating with business and community organizations to positively impact statewide initiatives. Since 2013 she has served as the President/CEO of The Education Alliance, which advocates for a quality education for all West Virginia students. Under her leadership, the Alliance has been a leader in advancing STEM initiatives including the Governor’s STEM Council, STEM Network Schools, and Computer Science education.
Dr. Courts is passionate about helping develop our state’s human capital by investing in West Virginia students. By working collaboratively with the Board of Directors and a dedicated team, she has developed The Education Alliance programs to serve more than 176,000 students over the past five years and leverage $1.2 million dollars annually for students. Program data shows that 70% of students showed academic improvement and 49% increased career readiness. Recent initiatives, such as the “portrait” of a WV Ready Graduate, outline the knowledge and skills high school graduates need to be successful. The WV Ready Summer Internship Program brings that vision to life by providing a 4 week, paid summer internship opportunity for rising high school juniors and seniors within West Virginia businesses.
Prior to coming to the Alliance, Amelia served as Assistant State Superintendent at the West Virginia Department of Education and is both locally and internationally local experienced. She taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for approximately six years in Japan and China, and at Marshall University. She speaks fluent Japanese and Chinese. Amelia completed her doctoral degree in Education Administration at West Virginia University.
Dr. Courts serves as an Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Children’s Home Society and is active in her local church youth program. She is a Commissioner for Education Commission of the States and a member of the Remake Learning Council, and the Public Education Collaborative.