Amy Mangold, an early intervention teacher at John Archer School and 14-year veteran of Harford County Public Schools (HCPS), was named the 2017 HCPS Teacher of the Year during the 23rd Annual Harford County Teacher of the Year Banquet on March 29 at the Bayou Restaurant.
Mangold extracts the core elements from the Maryland State curriculum, Healthy Beginnings and the Pre-kindergarten checklist to develop meaningful and engaging lessons for 3- to 5-year-olds with multiple cognitive, communication and physical disabilities.
When you ask Mangold to stop and consider her life in the classroom, she can sum it up with one word: passion. Her greatest contribution to her profession and one of her main goals each day is turning her passion for the children she serves into drive, focus, new ideas and activities that challenge and encourage her students to be the best versions of themselves.
“I have the honor of spending my days with, and I am in awe and inspired by how these children persevere,” says Mangold. “I look at the will they have in completing the tasks that so many of us take for granted and I am struck by that determination. My hope is that I inspire my students as they inspire me every day.”