Heather Newsam is the director of Teacher Licensure and Placement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In her role, she oversees the placement of education students in K-12 schools for their field work and internships and guides students through the licensure process and recommends them for licensure. She serves as a liaison between UA Little Rock’s School of Education and the Arkansas Department of Education and also serves as a volunteer site evaluation team member for national and international educator preparation programs through the CAEP organization.
Before joining UA Little Rock, Newsam was a high school and college English teacher for 13 years. She taught at Central High School in Little Rock and Bryant High School in Bryant, Arkansas. She then worked two years at the Arkansas Department of Education as a public school program adviser for educator preparation, where she approved educator preparation programs for the entire state and created competencies for licensure areas for the state. She also served as the chairperson for the research committee for the state’s Equitable Access to Excellent Educators plan.
Her areas of expertise are secondary English teaching, Shakespeare and medieval literature, Arkansas educator licensure rules and processes, Arkansas educator preparation competencies, and field placement process.