Amy Naylor enjoys teaching first grade at Early Light Academy. First grade has always been her favorite grade to teach. Amy comes from a long line of educators ranging from teachers, a superintendent, and a college professor who started the philosophy department at the University of Utah. Her grandmother, a reading teacher, was passionate about education and literacy. This grandmother became Amy’s inspiration as a child to follow in her footsteps and become a teacher.
She grew up in Sandy, Utah and now resides in Herriman. Amy and her husband, Steve, have a house in Rosecrest, an area of Herriman. She has lived in Utah her whole life.
Amy has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education and a minor in TESL, Teaching English as a Second Language, from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She worked hard and graduated with honors. Amy plans on getting her Master’s degree in Education within a few years. She completed her student teaching experience in a full day kindergarten class at Horizon Elementary in Murray. Also, she had several placements through the course of her education in elementary schools within Salt Lake, Jordan, and Murray school districts. While at Westminster, she volunteered as a reading tutor at Hawthorne Elementary in Salt Lake City and was a member of Exceptional Griffins. She is working on her math endorsement.
Outside of education and teaching, Amy enjoys gardening, camping, skiing, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Amy is driven to assess and value multiple intelligences and individualize the way students learn to better meet their individual needs. She strives to create an environment in her class that fosters a love of learning, inquiry, a sense of belonging, and reinforces individual self-worth. Students will often collaborate with their peers and ultimately create a classroom community. Amy values the parent, teacher, and student partnership. She looks forward to working closely with parents and students alike. She believes that by doing these things, students can know at an early age that success can be theirs. Students can then continue the rest of their years of school with confidence.