Ambrose’s passion and interest in education were sparked early on as a teenager when she took a job as a school bus driver and served as a special needs classroom aide during the summers in her hometown. Inspiring her to pursue elementary education in her undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina, Ambrose promptly began her career in 1984 after graduation as a school teacher at Aynor Elementary in Horry County. As a result of her exceptional classroom skills and leadership, Ambrose quickly rose through the ranks in Horry County Schools from teacher to principal to district administrator, all in a matter of 12 years.
In 1998, Ambrose transitioned from serving as Coordinator of Elementary Education to Director, before finally being named Executive Director in 2000. For the last decade of her 31 year tenure in Horry County Schools, Ambrose served as the Chief Academic Officer from 2004-2015, where she was instrumental in the development of systems to effectively and efficiently monitor student progress and teacher cohorts to collectively problem-solve rather than applying one-size fits all solutions to challenges in the classroom. In 2011, she was named South Carolina’s School District Administrator of the Year. Following her time in Horry County, Ambrose took the position of Assistant Superintendent for Instruction in Loudoun County Public School outside of Washington, D.C. from 2015 until June 2017.
Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, a Master of Education in Elementary Education, and a Master of Education in Educational Administration, all from the University of South Carolina. She also holds an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Coastal Carolina University.Back to All Speakers