Amy started out her career in early childhood education as a teacher after completing her undergraduate degree from Brown University. She went on to get her JD at Northeastern University School of Law and an MS in Leadership and Policy in Early Care and Education from Wheelock College. Amy worked as a National Head Start Fellow for the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF), after which she consulted with early childhood education agencies on a range of topics. She served as adjunct faculty at both Wheelock College and Eastern Connecticut State University and co-authored a chapter with Joan Lombardi on Head Start’s legislative history in The Head Start Debates. Throughout Amy’s career, she has been an active member of affiliates of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She was first introduced to the CLASS tool as an MTP Coach with the National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (NCRECE)’s Professional Development Study. Since joining Teachstone in 2010, Amy has served as an MTP Specialist and MTP Coaching Program Manager. An avid runner and mother of three, when she’s not coaching teachers, Amy can be found coaching kids on the soccer field. Or eating chocolate.
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Denny-Brown, 3rd Grade
As I reflected on yesterday's momentous day for early childhood education in the US, several key quotes and ideas stuck in my mind from the many eloquent speakers I heard. They happen to fit nicely into an acrostic poem (INTERACTIONS):
A tremendous round of applause to the many advocates and government officials, including Teachstone’s partners at the Early Childhood Education Consortium (ECEC) and all of those in the Office of Child Care, who worked tirelessly for a bicameral, bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). The slightly modified House version passed the Senate at the end of the day on Monday and was signed into law by President Obama on Wednesday.
Until all children in America have access to high quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood experiences, and until all early childhood providers and teachers receive the training and financial support they require to ensure their commitment and competence, as many advocates as possible are needed to speak out on behalf of children. – Adele Robinson and Deborah Stark, Advocates in Action (NAEYC 2005)
When DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, along with DOE Secretary Arne Duncan, announced the Preschool Development Grants competition as part of the Preschool for All in early February 2014, she asked for help. Her request? That all of us in the early childhood community find our roles in the grant process and assist applicants to ensure the best possible quality programs are developed and expanded for preschoolers. She called on those able to step up if able to provide “wraparound help”—and Teachstone is heeding that call.
While managing MyTeachingPartner™ (MTP™) Coaching, my colleagues would roll their eyes when they'd catch me boasting to directors that our coaching staff and specialists are “here for you 24/7.” What I meant, of course, was that their dedication wasn't confined to business hours, but the implication was that they were "always on the job"—no wonder they rolled their eyes!