amycheathamI am an educator, an innovator and a motivator. My job description spreads beyond the four walls of my classroom and a nine-hour workday. Educating through the lens of Project/Problem-Based learning, I design engaging hands-on-minds-on inquiry activities where young learners are empowered to explore, observe and question their world in a risk-free, nurturing environment.

Cultivating meaningful relationships with my students, their families, and our community allows me to develop trusting, positive bonds that support and drive life-long success for my students and enrichment for everyone involved.

To be an educator, one must also continue to be a learner. With 17 years of teaching experience, I am constantly seeking out ways to grow, stimulate, and deepen my own knowledge of pedagogy and life in general.

My desire to become a teacher was sparked around the time I was six years old. “Playing school” with my dolls and stuffed animals was my favorite past time growing up, and I was highly influenced and supported by my late grandparents who were innovative educators of their time. After receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development/Family Studies with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from Texas Tech University, I spent one year teaching in Lubbock, Texas before moving to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. There I taught first grade and kindergarten in Coppell, Texas for fourteen years before moving to Oxford, Ohio in 2013. I taught second grade in the Princeton City School District in Sharonville for the 2013-2014 school year.

In the summer of 2014 I was offered the amazing opportunity to join the Talawanda School District at Kramer Elementary. I am elated to be part of such an incredible team, and I look forward to investing in the Oxford community and its learners for years to come.