About

April J. Niemela is an educational coach, nurturer of dreams, and strategic visionary. She believes in the synergy of collaboration and the value of empowering teachers to be leaders in the field of education.

My purpose is to empower you to shine as your best self, and my approach is very simple: By intentionally and daily choosing generosity, joy, and a listening stance, I provide both space and grace for self-actualization. Through strength-based and synergistic coaching, I serve as a thinking partner as you pursue your full potential in transformative and self-directed ways. My goal is to open pathways that harness your strengths as launching pads, reframe your challenges as opportunities, and invite your collaboration as a partner — all in ways that inspire you to action.

A former high school teacher, Dr. Niemela is currently the Co-Director of the Idaho Coaching Network for the Idaho State Department of Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology from the College of Education at Michigan State University, a M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Idaho, and a B.A. of English/Secondary Education from Lewis-Clark State College. Her involvement in professional educator organizations includes six years as co-director of the Northwest Inland Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and elected member of the Secondary Steering Committee (2014-2018) for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

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  1. Hello, Mrs. Niemela!
    I’m unsure how to correctly compose an email (comment?) of this sort, so I’m winging it. I’m a former student of yours from Highland High School. I was in 7th grade English during 2007 or 2008, I believe. I can’t pinpoint the year directly.

    I finally went through a box of my things that I haven’t opened since I packed it in Craigmont when we were moving and I found my writing journal, along with some stories, from your class. I decided to risk it and see if I could find a way to contact you, as it was your class that has instilled a strong love of writing in me.

    I just realized that I completely forgot to remind you of who I am. My name was Andrea Allen (though I do prefer Andie) and as I said, I was a student in 7th grade. Perhaps you won’t remember me, but I refused to let the chance of reacquaintance slip by.

    Thanks for your time,
    Andie

  2. It’s wonderful to hear from you, Andie — and, of course, I remember you! Thank you for your kind thoughts; nothing warms a teacher’s heart more than such sentiments regarding the written word 🙂 I hope all is well with you. Do keep in touch!

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