I'm Amy Sayers; your excessively passionate middle school math teacher. This is my fourth year teaching at Richardson, and in that time I have taught all four levels of middle school curricula: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math, as well as Algebra. Believe it or not, I also enjoy life outside of the classroom, in which I write, sing, dance, do yoga, spend time with friends, cook, tend to my plants, travel when I can afford it, and enjoy long walks down the beach with my pup Teddy. I grew up in Long Beach, went to college in Orange, moved back to Long Beach for my credential, and now live with my boyfriend in Culver City. I also am currently a student myself; pursuing a Masters of Arts in School Counseling.
One of my favorite philosophers, John Dewey, once said: "education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” How true is that? School is so much more than a place to learn multiplication facts. It's a miniature society where they learn how to collaborate with peers, communicate with authority, navigate new places, respect rules and routines, and take responsibility and advocate for themselves. I’m a teacher who is dedicated to preparing our next generation to not only be inquisitive learners in a classroom, but empowered individuals and members of our society. While it is necessary to present our students with reading, writing, arithmetic (and the rest of the traditional subjects we know well), the learning process should surpass old, ineffective methods like rote memorization or teaching to tests. My philosophy includes ideals that focus not only on math curriculum, but also on the your child's development, interests, and needs as a whole person. I believe that the kids should be put first, and time should be taken to build rapport with the students and families personally. The teacher shouldn’t be authoritarian, but rather a facilitator who lets the students’ performance and interests guide the pace and direction of instruction. Students perform best when they are given options to learn and be assessed through their own preferred learning modalities, are encouraged to teach each other and collaborate, and when they don’t just memorize content, but rather have hands-on activities to discover and comprehend on a deeper level how and where it came from.
Einstein stated that “education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” This is how I strive to make my students feel through the dynamic learning environment and close community I build in my classroom. Sure, math is not always their favorite topic in the world, but my mission is to change that negative stigma through a fun, innovative teaching style and nurturing personality.
Professional Experience and Education
Teacher, Torrance Unified School District
Torrance, CA, 2017-Present
Teacher, Long Beach Unified School District
Long Beach, CA, 2015-2017
Clinician, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
Newport Beach & Palos Verdes, CA, 2012-2018
MA Education: School Counseling
Concordia University, Irvine, CA, present
Single Subject Teaching Credential, Mathematics
Cal State University, Long Beach, CA, 2016
Teaching English as a Foreign Language & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certification
International TEFL Academy, Chicago, IL, 2016
BA Integrated Educational Studies, Psychology and English Minors, University Honors Program
Chapman University, Orange, CA, 2014