An educator for nearly twenty years, a Sullivan’s Island teacher says education saved her, and she wants to give back. Her colleagues say in her classroom, it’s not just about academics, she is helping to transform lives. We head to Sullivan’s Island for our Cool School Teacher of the week.
Fifth grade teacher Amy Klaren is from the upstate. She’s been a teacher 18 years, and is in her second year at Sullivan’s Island Elementary. Her colleagues say she instills core values in her students of kindness, love, acceptance, and strength. Students leave her classroom feeling like champions.
Ms. Klaren says she likes to have fun and mix things up with her students. She says she never considered being anything other than a teacher. “It’s just what I’m supposed to do, and I know that. It means I have an opportunity to give back to a job, a career that saved me. I grew up a child of poverty, and I had teachers who put forth effort to get to know me and my circumstances. They cared. Sometimes that’s all these kids need to make a difference in their lives. It worked for me, and I just wanted to give back. Everyday I get excited to come to work,” says Klaren.
Fourth grade teacher Heather Galloway says, “She is a true champion teacher. She instills core values in these students. She is an incredible inspiration. Kids leave here with such an inner strength and it’s just amazing to see.” Fifth grade student Keegan Arrington says, “She’s a wonderful teacher. She encourages students to try their best. She loves to hang out with us and she’s fun. She makes teaching so much better.”
The Clemson grad is now pursuing her doctorate. Congratulations Ms. Amy Klaren!