English Instructor at Merit Preparatory Academy
Amy grew up in Bountiful, Utah in a large family full of rowdy boys. As the oldest, she learned to embrace chaos, loud discussions, and spending time outdoors with her family. She grew up skiing, camping, and spent family vacations backpacking in the High Uintas and Southern Utah. Her parents placed great emphasis on the value of education and she developed a love of reading at a very young age. Amy attended Brigham Young University and while earning her undergraduate degree, worked as a white water river guide during the summers and as a ski instructor during the winters. She has a fierce love of Utah’s mountains, rivers, and canyons and is passionate about introducing people to adventure in beautiful places. Amy served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Santiago, Chile and returned home with a great curiosity for learning about other peoples and cultures. As a Socio-cultural Anthropology major at BYU, she spent two semesters in a field study program living with and studying the indigenous K’iche-Maya in the highlands of Guatemala. Upon her return, she worked through a grueling editing and publishing process with her professors and subsequently developed a love-hate relationship with the writing process. Most of the time it’s love, except when it’s not! Her last semester at BYU, Amy fell in love with her husband Steve and for the last 20 years has supported him in his career, moving to South Korea, Southern California, Alabama, and New Jersey. Amy has 3 children and when they became older, she went back to school and earned her Master’s degree in Secondary Education, becoming certified to teach both English and Social Studies. Amy and her family recently returned to Utah and she is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to become a part of the Merit family. She is excited to be back in Utah and is ecstatic to have her own classroom filled with wonderful young people!