Title: Director of Learning Recovery
Company: Ames Community School District
Location: Ames, Iowa, United States
Lilyana Auster, Director of Learning Recovery at Ames Community School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education administration.
Originally hailing from Albania, Dr. Auster obtained a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in civil engineering from Highway Engineering University in Moscow, as well as a Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language from the Teachers’ Improvement Qualification Institute, also in Moscow. She subsequently earned a Master of Arts in education from Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut and continued her education with a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut and a doctorate degree in administrative leadership in innovation and continuous improvement from Concordia University. She is certified as a mathematics teacher and intermediate administrator and supervisor in Connecticut and as a special education supervisor 189 in Iowa. Dr. Auster provided superior education as a mathematics teacher with Watertown High School in Watertown, Connecticut from 2006 to 2007, as an administrative intern and mathematics teacher with the New Haven public schools from 2007 to 2014 and as a middle school mathematics coach with Windham Middle School in Windham, Connecticut from 2014 to 2016.
Dr. Auster excelled as a district curriculum specialist in K-12 mathematics in the Hartford, Connecticut public schools from 2016 to 2017 and as a district professional development coordinator and curriculum supervisor in Grade 6-12 mathematics with the Stamford, Connecticut public schools from 2017 to 2021. Since the latter year, Dr. Auster has served in exemplary fashion as learning recovery director with the Ames Community School District. Her numerous academic awards include recognition from Dr. Reginald Meyer for working on a project that opened the door to establishing a district-wide parent institute dedicated to the encouragement of parent involvement in the education of their children. Dr. Auster has always looked for ways to make mathematics accessible for urban students, and thus, as a career highlight, she mentions promoting a mathematical mindset among the teachers through a series of impactful conversations and coaching sessions for professional development. In the near future, Dr. Auster is looking forward to becoming a district superintendent. With her expertise in education, strong skills in project management and an engineering-centered mindset, she is confident that she can help rebuild and elevate numerous school districts.
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