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Amy Willard

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Amy Willard

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I cannot express how happy I am to be in my 4th year as a teacher at Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School!  It is a great place to teach and a great place to learn!  This is my 28th year teaching. Currently, I am an ESOL teacher, and prior to this I was an Exceptional Education teacher.  I am a firm believer that we have to meet students where they are academically and socially to make gains.  Relationships are the key, and I strive to get to know and gain the trust of each of my students.  I am also an adjunct professor at UTC teaching college students who wish to make teaching a career.  Positively impacting these young people is important to me as I work to share my experiences and knowledge with them.  I have been married to my husband, James, for 27 years, and we have three children, Shelby age 24, Savannah age 21, and Jameson age 16.  I also have a dog named Buckley and 5 cats.  I don't have much spare time but when I can, I love to read, cross-stitch, do yoga, and visit with friends and family.

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