Amy Newton - Research and Development Coordinator
Ms. Newton is originally from New York where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Secondary Education. During student teaching, Ms. Newton especially loved teaching classes that included students identified with disabilities, so she immediately pursued her Master’s Degree in Special Education in Pennsylvania. Upon graduating, she taught in a self-contained classroom for three years. At this point, she decided she needed to live in a warmer climate near the beach, so she moved to Virginia Beach where she taught high school English for 8 years. During her tenure as a high school teacher, she also coached high school sports, advised the Key Club (a community service club), and sponsored a class of 500 students. Planning proms was no easy feat! She met her husband in Virginia, and soon thereafter, they moved to Johnston County, North Carolina where they currently reside. Ms. Newton taught Middle School Resource Room for 4 years and worked in the private sector for a math software company while her twins were young. This job provided her with an opportunity to telecommute, and her main job duties entailed editing, writing, and instructional design.
One of Ms. Newton’s twins has autism and several comorbid health conditions, so she has spent the better part of 4 years researching ways to help her son live his happiest, healthiest life. At the Clinic for Special Children, she is afforded the opportunity to utilize her penchant for researching to help many children; nevertheless, she is gearing up to start grant writing soon...it is exciting!
Person fun facts: I love history, and prior to having children, my favorite hobby was collecting passport stamps. When I see fascinating historical places in books, I must learn more about them firsthand. Museums...oh how I love you! The two coolest museums I have visited are the Tokyo National Museum in Japan and the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo.