Middle School teacher Amy Bellamy named Teacher of Year by KCTE.
FROM OWENSBORO MESSENGER-INQUIRER - Keith Lawrence
Owensboro, Ky. (March 19, 2018) -- Amy Bellamy, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Owensboro Middle School North, has been named Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Council of Teachers in English.
But there was a time when that would have seemed unlikely.
"I didn't plan on teaching," Bellamy said Monday. "I worked a lot of jobs after college and I got married. I had a good friend who tried to talk me into teaching. I didn't think I could. But I was teaching Vacation Bible School and giving piano lessons. So, I decided to go back to school and become a teacher."
She's been teaching language arts at OMS-North for 12 years, widening students’ horizons through the works of authors such as Ray Bradbury and Edgar Allan Poe.
"It's hard for even adults to read these days," Bellamy said. "There are so many distractions. But reading things online is as good as reading them in a magazine. It's just a different mindset. My husband said he wasn't a reader, but I converted him."
She said, "We read a lot on social media. The big thing is motivation to read."
Bellamy said a lot of people today don't know how to present a logical argument.
"I tell my students if they don't believe me they should just look at Facebook," she said.
Bellamy said she became interested in reading and writing as a child.
"My father was a great storyteller," she said.
Bellamy is a past participant in the Western Kentucky Writing Project and an active member of the Owensboro Writers Group.
In 2012, she self-published "Kentucky Family," a collection of memoirs about her family.
And she's currently finishing up an historical novel set largely in the 1930s.
Bellamy wrote it as part of National Novel Writing Month, which encourages people to write a novel in 30 days.
Four of her students also wrote novels in 30 days, she said, and those works are being edited now.
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