Phone: 417-345-2223 ext 3164
Degrees and Certifications:
BA English Education from Evangel University 7-12 English Education
Miss Amy Schneider
I have always wanted to be a teacher. Well, that's not quite true: for a while there I wanted to be a nurse and a jockey and a princess--not necessarily in that order, nor all at the same time; however, once I hit seventh grade I knew I wanted to teach, and more specifically, I knew I wanted to teach English.
As I grew older, that desire did not change; unlike many students when they go to college, I did not change my major umpteen times. I went in that first day to Evangel University in Springfield, MO and declared "English Education" as my major.
I took every English, literature, and writing class I could so I would be prepared to teach high school. I learned about educational psychology and the methods of teaching. I took all the practicums and did my student teaching. I loved every minute of it. I knew this what I was called to do. I was going to teach in a small-town school like I'd grown up in (Blue Earth, MN), and I was going to make a difference in the lives of my students just as my teachers had done in my life.
My first full-time teaching job after college was on an island in the Pacific. The island was Saipan, of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). I taught high school English in a private college-prep school called Grace Christian Academy. I had not planned to teach overseas, but that is where I ended up. This definitely was not the small-town public school of my plans, but I knew I was there for a purpose. I taught for four years on that island before coming back home to Missouri.
After I came back to the States, I taught for three years in Carthage, MO at Carthage High School. This was more like what I had planned, but I was commuting over an hour to work each day. In 2003 I had the opportunity to come to Buffalo, MO. I felt that this was the school for me after I met the staff and the administration. I was excited to join the faculty here because I saw that the staff and faculty wanted the best for their students and continued to strive for excellence.
I have been teaching here at Buffalo since the 2003-4 school year, and I cannot believe how quickly time has flown. I am teaching the content I love; I am teaching students who challenge me to be a better teacher; I am teaching in a district that wants to give the best it can to the people it serves. I am daily doing what I wanted to do all those years ago when I decided that teaching English was "my thing."