Meet Amy Myers
Early in her UD career, 2013 graduate Amy Myers decided to pursue both her passions: biology and teaching. With strong mentorship from UD biology faculty and her personal ambition, she graduated with a dual degree in biology and adolescent to young adult integrated science education.
Myers currently teaches physical science, physics, and Advanced Placement physics at Piqua High School in Piqua, Ohio. Next year, she will teach both biology and an elective biology course on ecology and genetics that Myers developed. She also coordinated Piqua High School's first-ever science fair. Myers accredits her UD education with the sense of community she has integrated into her classroom.
"UD fostered a spirit of community and compassion in me, which has enhanced my first year of teaching greatly," Myers said. "I have modeled my classroom after the community environment at UD and encourage my students to be a community of learners in my room and the Piqua community ... I gained a breadth and depth of knowledge at UD in many subjects, which is very beneficial in teaching high school."
During her time at UD, Myers worked as a river steward for the Rivers Institute, where students, faculty and staff work with community members, stakeholders, and organizations to build community around local rivers. She also enjoyed her job in UD biology professor Dr. Ryan McEwan's ecology lab. Myers says that McEwan, Dr. Jayne Robinson, biology department chair, and Dr. Tom Williams, Myers' biology academic advisor, were instrumental in her academic success and pursuit of a dual degree. McEwan remains a mentor for Myers post-UD.
"Dr. McEwan presented material in a non-traditional way, and I admired his teaching skills as well as his focus on student success," Myers said. "As an undergrad in his lab, he always made it a priority to see that he was providing opportunities that would enhance my future career rather than his own. He still communicates with me now, and we aspire to connect his lab and my classroom in the future."
Myers plans to pursue a master’s degree in biology in the near future. She's excited to continue teaching in Piqua and further develop the science program.