Amy began her teaching career as a Kindergarten teacher at Gillen Elementary, a rural K-8 school in Walker County, GA, located on what was considered at the time the 'back' of Lookout Mountain, in a small community named Rising Fawn. There were 98 students and each teacher taught 2 grades. At that time, Kindergarten was only offered as a half-day (morning) program and the school needed a librarian, so Amy took courses and worked as the Media Specialist in the afternoons. She was named Teacher of the Year her second year on the faculty. 

Next, she taught 4th grade at Sangaree Elementary School in Summerville, SC, located near what was a fully operational Navy Base in North Charleston. In sharp contrast to Gillen, Sangaree had 8 fourth grade classes and 13 first grade classes! 

Amy later served for many years as faculty at Ashely River Creative Arts Elementary School, an award-winning arts-infused magnet school in Charleston, SC. She taught third grade and fourth grade using the arts as the method of instruction across all disciplines. This program became a model for others of its kind in schools across America.