AMLE Board of Trustees Names Chair and Vice Chair

July 24, 2018

COLUMBUS, OH — At its July board meeting, the AMLE Board of Trustees named Christine Thielen as chair and James Barnes as vice chair of the Board. This is the first time ever for the AMLE Board to appoint these positions.

Christine Thielen is a math teacher at Lincoln Middle School, Park Ridge, Illinois, and serves as an adjunct professor of middle level education classes. She has presented at the AMLE annual conference and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference.

James Barnes is principal of Chestnut Ridge Middle School in Sewell, New Jersey. He was previously a classroom teacher and assistant principal at both the high school and middle school levels. Barnes has presented at middle school conferences in New Jersey, and he has served for many years on the New Jersey Association for Middle Level Education Executive Board.

AMLE is a global non-profit association and leading provider of quality resources, programs, and services for those who work with young adolescents—youth aged 10 to 15. Founded in 1973, AMLE has more than 54,000 members in 45 countries. Members of the AMLE Board of Trustees serve a critical role in setting the strategic plan of the association and advocating for policies and practices that guarantee a quality education for all young adolescents.

“I am incredibly honored to serve as chair of the Board of Trustees for AMLE,” said Thielen. “As a middle school teacher and adjunct instructor of middle level education classes I deeply value AMLE’s professional resources and look forward to supporting middle level educators through my role as the board chairperson.”

“I am so excited to be named vice chair for the AMLE Board of Trustees. I will continue to work with AMLE to bring high quality resources and professional development to all members to help them grow professionally and create great schools,” said Barnes.

“We are pleased to have Christie and Jim leading the AMLE Board as we engage in the important work of making a difference in the lives of students,” said Executive Director William Waidelich.


About the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)
The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) helps middle grades educators reach every student, grow professionally, and create great schools. A non-profit membership organization, AMLE members include teachers, principals, counselors, professors, researchers, and others interested in the education of 10- to 15-year-olds.

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