My desire to teach began when I was a sixth grader. I read to a first grade class and knew I was meant to be a teacher. I pursued this interest through high school by getting involved in church camps, being a teen advisor to 5th graders, and with a career internship program working in the Ft. Knox schools.

I then attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I was recruited by Frederick, MD schools after graduation and began my career teaching 2nd grade. I relocated and began teaching with Baltimore County Schools where I taught 1st grade for 7 years at Cedarmere Elementary in Reisterstown.

During this time, I was recognized with a Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence and as a semi-finalist for Baltimore County Teacher of the Year. I also wrote science and social studies curriculum, supervised student teachers, and presented professional development activities.

I am currently teaching at Pierce Primary School at Ft. Knox, Ky. I am part of a looping program where I teach 2nd grade and will then take my class to 3rd. I have worked on reading curriculum and a peer coaching team. I have presented professional development in reading/language arts.

I am excited to be representing Ft. Knox in the TOY program and hope to use this opportunity to spotlight the many outstanding things happening in our schools! I hope we can build a bridge between the schools and the community.

"Just as mentors have helped me, I feel it is important to share my talents and my ideas with co-workers so they, too, can achieve success with their students. Learning to work together is just as important for adults as it is for children."

Amy M. Kostelnik-Insley
Amy M. Kostelnik-Insley
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