Amy grew up in Norton, Ohio. She graduated from Mount Union with a degree in Biology and Chemistry, and then moved to Eagle Pass, Texas, a large school district on the Mexican border. She became licensed to teach all the sciences, so she taught an advanced Anatomy and Physiology class, developed a Medical Microbiology course, and became the school’s dedicated science testing wrap-up lead teacher. She used data-driven techniques to figure out where students needed interventions, and tailored a plan to fit their specific needs.
She completed a Master’s Degree in School Administration in 2007, and then moved back to Ohio. She was hired by The University of Akron to write Biology curriculum for non-majors, provide PD to the new Biology Graduate Teaching Assistants, and coordinate their Biology laboratory. She has written seven laboratory manuals for various universities, designed several web pages, videoed lectures and labs, and is a Google Certified Teacher.
While working for The University of Akron, she completed a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Schools. Her focus was on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. She also runs several websites dedicated to technology, science, education, and digital publishing. In her spare time, she is a scuba diver, animal lover, world traveler, and fluent in Spanish. She lives in Green with her son Matthew, and her chihuahua Tipsy.