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).