About Amy

From my earliest teaching years as a k-8 science teacher, I focused on the process of designing an interactive and creative classroom that brought issues of social justice to the forefront. I authored a curriculum for middle school teachers, Trash conflicts: A science and social studies curriculum on the ethics of disposal in 1990. As schools began introducing an exclusive reliance on science textbooks into classrooms, I worked against this tide by gathering a group of volunteers and led the construction of a hands-on Science Park featured in Parent and Teaching Magazine.

My scholarly interests include a focus on creative approaches to teaching pedagogy and social action to eradicate injustices embedded within our educational system. I connect the social and emotional lives of children with their academic success and believe in designing teaching methods to engage a wide range of learners to find solutions to teaching children rather than blaming children. In addition, I explore how racial and socioeconomic assumptions intersect with the social construction of special education.

As part of my support for inventive education, I serve on the Parent Advisory Board for Olin College of Engineering in Needham. Massachusetts.

My publication, (May, 2016), “Adult graduate student voices: Good and bad learning experiences,” in Journal of Adult Learning describes a research study into what graduate student say helps them learn and what instructors do that discourages their learning. This research helps inform my own teaching.

What I Teach

Critical Issues in Education
Social Work in Schools
Special Education Law
Individualized Education Programs
Inclusion, Collaboration, and Consultation for Meaningful Access to the Curriculum
Classroom Management
Seminar and Fieldwork in Education