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Teacher Appreciation Week Spotlight: Amy Mayer

Teacher Appreciation Week Spotlight: Amy Mayer

By Jessica Sanders

Today’s Teacher Appreciation Week spotlight is on Amy Mayer. She’s a former teacher who now plays the integral role of teacher support; a role that shouldn’t go unnoticed, especially during teacher appreciation week!

Q: How long did you teach?

I taught students for six years, but I am still a teacher. My students are just a little older! I taught English, Reading, French and Math (one time) for grades 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Q: What’s your favorite education-focused social media account?

Edutopia! I just love it.

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Amy working with district leaders at the Google Offices in Austin, Texas.

Q: What’s your favorite classroom tech tool?

Google Apps for Education. You can do SO MUCH with it and it’s completely free.

Q: Who inspires you?

My Superintendent Dr. Howell Wright is an amazingly dynamic educator. He works hard, has great ideas, and is truly focused on profound student learning, plus he REALLY listens to people. I love that about him.

Q: What’s your teaching motto?

If it’s not effective, change it. Whatever works for students today is the right answer, not what worked for me or what used to work; what actually works now with this student.

Q: What do you love most about playing a support role to teachers?

I love inspiring teachers to get excited about practicing the art of teaching in new ways that are engaging to today’s students, especially in the use of technology for the purpose of learning.

Q: What’s the greatest challenge you’ve had to overcome working in the school system?

Standardized testing is a huge challenge. It takes a ton of time and energy to implement and execute the standardized tests mandated in our state, and sometimes teachers mistakenly believe they can’t do engaging learning because “it’s not on the test” or it’s not in the format of the test.

“If you think about your students as individuals and people, and you appreciate each of them for their unique gifts, it will change your life.”

Q: What’s your #1 tip for new teachers?

Value your students as individuals and as people with their own wants and needs that they are working hard every day to get satisfied. If you think about your students as individuals and people, and you appreciate each of them for their unique gifts, it will change your life.

If you don’t “like” a student, you cannot be his or her teacher. Find something you like, hopefully lots of things you like, about each student you are responsible for teaching. It is the ONLY WAY to be the teacher each student needs.

Q: What is one thing people probably wouldn’t know about your role?

Teaching adults is, in many ways, quite a bit more difficult than teaching children. People who are great at providing staff development make it look easy, but trust me it is NOT EASY.

Check out Amy’s blog, friEDTechnology.com and follow her on Twitter: @friEDTechnology.

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