Amy Tisdale’s current role allows her to focus on her passion: education. She found her way there fortuitously.
Tisdale is regional VP and state leader for North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee at Kelly Education Staffing, the Kelly Services Inc. division that places substitutes teachers, tutors and affiliated workers — such as food service workers — at schools. Kelly Services ranks as the largest education staffing provider in the US.
One of the meaningful things about working at Kelly Educational Services is that it enables students to keep learning. “Even if the teacher is not there, we want the instruction to continue, ultimately helping the students,” Tisdale says.
She joined the staffing industry as a recruiter before working her way up to her current position. Tisdale had also spent several years in sales before joining Kelly. She found out about the position at Kelly after seeing an advertisement. “I had no clue what it was, but it sounded interesting,” Tisdale says. And 10 years later, she is still with Kelly.
One of her bigger challenges has been the nationwide school closures due to Covid-19. The company has been working to place workers in other positions. In addition, Tisdale has four children, who are at home during the Covid-19 situation. Being in education has given her a sense of what to do as far as teaching, but it’s bringing a whole other appreciation for what teachers do, she says.