Amy is a mother of two elementary school-aged girls in San José, CA. More than ever, she is invested in wanting to help girls find and maintain their voices. She is a former 1st grade teacher with a BA in Speech-Communication and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San José State University. Most of her teaching experience is with at-risk students at the elementary level. She has worked in both the private and public sectors of business, and is a former small business owner. She spent her childhood watching her teacher mother work with severely emotionally disturbed and handicapped children, which embedded a certain level of compassion and strength in her approach to life. If she isn’t spending time with her family, you will most likely find Amy exercising (she is a marathon runner), reading, working with the Parent Teacher Organization and School Site Council at her daughters’ school, volunteering as a Project Cornerstone instructor, helping with small-group instruction in math and literacy, volunteering with Girl Scouts, traveling, or just spending time exploring the outdoors. She is thrilled to be a part of Girls Leadership, and hopes to empower girls to listen to and respect their intrinsic selves.