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Amy Goodman
2008 Alumni Classroom Fellow
Anchorage, Alaska

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Bio/Overview: Goodman recently retired after nearly 30 years with the Anchorage Alaska school district and has relocated to Boulder, CO. In Alaska, she served as a support teacher, curriculum specialist and intern facilitator for the district. She remembers the book she received, The Geranium on the Windowsill Just Died, but Teacher You Went Right On, after completing her undergraduate degree in elementary education at the University of Illinois. Goodman kept that book close by as she enthusiastically entered her first fulltime classroom position in 1977. Along the way earning a Master’s degree in reading and participating in the National Writing Project empowered Goodman as a teacher leader. Every new academic year brought changes and challenges no matter where she taught - a suburban classroom in Chicago, the elementary/middle schools in Anchorage, or a provincial classroom in Australia. It made no difference the curriculum she was teaching, the age of the students, the socioeconomic area, or the politics of the school board. What mattered was she believed in children and what they could achieve. Goodman then moved from a classroom position into a newly created literacy teacher support position for Anchorage middle schools. Her focus changed from direct instruction with students to coordinating and providing staff development. As a result, Goodman has had the unique opportunity to shape the journey of new teachers as well as support the experienced staff.

Achievements: Goodman has written two articles for Voices from the Middle (NCTE) and one for the Middle School Journal (NMSA). She loves to share with others, so please visit the Middle Link website ( for additional resources.

Leadership Experience: After serving as 2008 Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellows, Goodman shifted gears from serving as a middle school literacy specialist to become the Anchorage School District’s Intern Placement Facilitator, a newly established ARRA position. This unique job afforded Goodman the opportunity to create a student teacher placement protocol for her district, which renewed and strengthened relationships with their local and statewide universities. The H.O.S.T. program (Helping Our Student Teachers) was initiated in an effort to better define the expectations of cooperating teachers and provide them resources for becoming more effective mentors. In addition to coordinating the placements of 150+ student teachers into district-wide classrooms, Goodman was responsible for designing and delivering ongoing professional development (New Teacher Institute) for early career educators. In combination with excellent mentoring and induction programs, teachers in the Anchorage School District are offered continuous and intentional support at every point in their careers as educators.

Affiliations: National Council for Teachers of English, National Association for Middle Level Educators, National Writing Project

Education: Goodman received a BA in elementary education from the University of Illinois, and went on to earn a Master’s in reading.

Areas of Interest/Expertise:

  • Teacher support/leadership
  • Middle school issues
  • Literacy
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