Amy - Elementary Teacher
Amy was born and raised in Massachusetts and upon graduating from high school she enlisted in the United States Air Force. After leaving the military she stayed home to raise her three sons while working part time toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She returned to the workforce after 13 years at home as a substitute teacher for Guilford County Schools. While substituting long term in a preschool class for students with developmental delays and a self-contained classroom for students with autism she found her calling.
Amy returned to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to obtain certification to teach Special Education K-12 general curriculum. At the same time her youngest son (youngest by five minutes, he is a twin) was going through the Exceptional Child identification process. She became very interested in law, advocacy and individual learning differences. She attended seminars on Auditory Processing Disorder, Visual Processing Disorder and Assistive Technology. Amy volunteered as an advocate for students with disabilities for the PTA. She created professional development for teachers to help them better understand students with processing issues.
Amy’s first teaching position was at a private school in High Point working with students learning differences. She taught lower school reading, writing, math, science and PE. While teaching she obtained a Masters of Science in Educational Theory and Practice from Arkansas State University online.
She left private school to teach special education with Guilford County Schools and has worked with students in both the general education and resource settings. Amy obtained certification to teach Reading K-12 after seeing a need for effective reading instruction for middle and high school students. Amy has taught a variety of subject areas with diverse populations of students.
Amy believes when given quality, explicit small group instruction and a safe compassionate learning environment, all students can achieve their educational goals. Empowering students to advocate for themselves and locate and utilize supports helps individuals becomes exceptional students.