Amy DaviesGrade 2 Teacher
At WES Since: 2016
What is your philosophy on teaching?
I am passionate about nurturing lifelong learners by cultivating curiosity, encouraging teamwork, instilling a culture of thinking, and inspiring joy. Problems are simply puzzles to be solved. I teach to the whole child.
What is one of your goals as a teacher?
To provide a safe space for students to share their thinking freely, embrace mistakes, develop their identity, laugh, and self-reflect.
One of my favorite student quotes this year:
My brain just gave me an idea!
I became a teacher because I love to learn. While at WES, I landed in the sweet spot of second grade. Most recently, I have taken to heart my role to prepare students, and their families, for an uncertain world. To that end, I believe that skills such as flexible thinking, creativity, and growth mindset are vital to the classroom experience.
My educational background includes a B.A. from the University of Michigan, B.F.A. from The Corcoran School of Art, and M.S. from Johns Hopkins University. When I’m not at WES you can find me at the National Zoo supporting its conservation mission, hiking Rock Creek Park, exploring art, and playing games with my family and friends.