Friday, June 15, 2012

Staff Spotlight: Presenting the Amazing Amy A.

Amy as a "Star Bellied Sneech"
on Dr. Suess Day.
Originally from upstate New York, Amy and her husband have been living in North Carolina for the past six years.  Amy earned both her Bachelors and Masters in Early Childhood Education from Fredoina State. She came to The Little School in 2011 after teaching 1st grade in the Chapel Hill school system. Though she began her time at TLS as a teacher in "The Toddling Turtles" one year old room, she is now gearing up to lead a Pre-K room this July. With her years of experience teaching elementary education, combined with her love of younger kids, she makes the perfect teacher for this age. 

Her unique mixture of enthusiasm matched with a calming presence made us fall in love with her. Dependable to the core, you can always rely on Amy to make "it" happen. If there is a problem to solve, she's on it. She is eager to learn all she can to make herself a better teacher, and I have seen her go many extra miles in that pursuit. She is a reader and a dog lover, and we count ourselves extra lucky to have Amy in our midst. 

* How did you find your way to TLS?
After teaching reading and 1st grade in Chapel Hill for 4 years, I was looking for a school that would allow more freedom in the curriculum so that I could truly share what is in my heart with my students.

I think TLS is a beautiful place to work, on our wooded campus with all the flowers and gardens, I love every moment that we are learning together outside!

* What is your happiest childhood memory/what makes it so special?

Playing soccer was my saving grace and I have so many happy memories from practice pranks, games, sleepovers and tournaments on the road.  I wish I still had soccer practice to go to everyday.
Amy and her American Bulldogs Hova and Brooklyn

* What did you want to be when you were 12 years old?

An Astronaut. In 6th grade I went to the Challenger Space Shuttle museum on a field trip, where we were Astronauts for the day, I learned so much about NASA and space that day and it was so much fun to be with my whole class. 

* What would you listen to if you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life?

Free Fallin by Tom Petty

* What is your favorite children’s book?

The first chapter book I ever read The Chalk Box Kid.

* What's your favorite tree or What is your favorite flower? (Why?)

My favorite tree is a Weeping Willow tree because I had one in my backyard growing up and there was also one on my grandparents farm.  I guess it always reminded me of them while they were far away.

* What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

Strawberries, Buffalo Sauce, Steak

* If you could do any other job in the world, what would it be?

A children’s author, I’m collecting stories as we speak!

* What words do you live by?

If it is to be, it’s up to me

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