by Haya Luftig
August 21, 2017
Ami Natasha Abramson is an educator with a passion for innovative teaching and educational excellence. She became involved in community service at an early age, served as a Kiwanis Builders Club President in middle school, State and International Key Club officer in high school and Community Service Coordinator in college. She led local, state, and national projects and traveled with leadership teams around the country helping inspire others to get involved in service learning and community service.
As a young professional, Ami has become involved with leadership and service through Jewish Federation in Charleston. She helped coordinate social and service events for the Young Adult Division, partnered with a school in Israel for a twinning program, served as a member of the first leadership cohort of NAGID and is currently a Board Member of Charleston Jewish Federation.
Ami ventured from Westchester, New York to the University of South Carolina on a Leadership and Community Service Scholarship and quickly feel in love with the people, the culture, and the climate in the Carolinas. She worked on many service projects at USC, served as a student ambassador, and as President of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, and graduated with honors with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology and History and advanced degrees in Literacy Education, Early Childhood and Montessori Education.
Her passion for excellence and innovation has deepened through her nineteen years of teaching. She started an innovative public “school within a school” a multi-age, inquiry-based program; which grew to include a team of teachers and over a hundred students. Ami is also a published author of Tensions and Triumphs in the Early Years of Teaching, a book she co-wrote with colleagues, from the University of South Carolina. She has presented at numerous conferences throughout the country on best practices in education.
Ami served as a classroom teacher, team leader, mentor and literacy coach in Columbia, South Carolina and Charlotte, North Carolina public school, before moving to Charleston, South Carolina and becoming a teacher at the Montessori Community School.
Ami has been a avid adventurer all her life, she has traveled to forty-eight states and six continents. Most recently, she spent two months traveling and volunteering in Southeast Asia. Through Global Teaching Adventures, she taught at an orphanage in Myanmar,
volunteered at an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, and taught monks at a Buddhist Temple in Thailand. Ami continues to combine her passions for innovative teaching and community service.