My name is Amy, and I reside in the Bay Area of California. I have lived in California my entire life, and I love it! I am the youngest of five children, number 70 of 73 grandchildren. That’s right! I said, “73.” My father was one of 15 children, born into an epitomy of an Irish Catholic family. I would not trade coming from such a big family for anything!
I have been married for 21 years to my incredible husband, having two children of our own. Our “kids” are going to be a sophomore in college, and a junior in high school this year. You will see throughout my blog that family means the world to me. I am so proud of our kids and my husband. The three of them make me laugh all the time. I am so blessed to have them and our extended family in my life. As my dream of being a teacher is becoming very close within my reach, I could not be where I am without their love and support.
There have been obstacles that have tried to create road blocks for me to make my dream a reality, over the years. A serious illness that my son overcame, an injury that happened to me about seven years ago, a tragic motorcycle accident that took my sister’s life, and my father’s passing; both happening ten weeks apart, last year have all tried to create detours to get to my goal. While gaining these two angels in Heaven, I have become determined with surprising strength to stay on my path of education. I have had trying days, but I try to remind myself to make lemonade when handed lemons.
Having nearly 13 years of experience in the school system, I have worked in both; public and Catholic schools as a general education and special education para-professional, a learning center assistant, and a technology lab “specialist.” Through these experiences, I bring much determination, knowledge, and experiences to the table while finishing up my credential work.
Outside of the workforce, when I have “free time” (haha), I love to spend time with my family and friends. I love to craft, especially painting canvases and crocheting. I love the outdoors; gardening, watching my son play lacrosse, and enjoying fresh air. While studying for the necessary exams, I do not have much time to read “for fun.” I look forward to doing that soon, although I see myself continuing to read a lot more, in the near future, about Common Core!
If I had to describe what is important to me, I would say: family ,faith, friends, with last but not least making a difference in the lives of my students.