An Albuquerque elementary school teacher focuses each day not only on academics, but helping her students become good people. She’s also helped dozens of future teachers as they start their careers.
Golden Apple winner Amy Lauer teaches first and second grade at Albuquerque’s Monte Vista Elementary School.
“I always knew I wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “I started with APS, and with APS for 33 years.”
She says sharing her decades of experience has been an important part of her career. She mentors student teachers and first-year teachers.
“I bet I’ve had 60 student teachers, I think,” Lauer said. “I enjoy that, working and helping people who are enthusiastic about becoming a teacher, giving them guidance and time.”
Sometimes it comes full circle. Lauer had a student who later became one of her student teachers.
“I always picture her when she was 6, then knowing her again in her 20s and being a part of her life through those years,” she said.
Amy Lauer says she is honored to be a Golden Apple winner and dreams about how it will help her own professional growth.
“I’m a lifelong learner and if that’s true I’m going to take this and grow,” Lauer said.