Welcome! I'm Amy Hamilton. This is my 15th year teaching Spanish under the International Baccalaureate (IB) umbrella and my 11th year here at Lincoln Park. My first 4 years of teaching with Chicago Public Schools were on the West Side, at Michelle Clark. I have a masters from DePaul University in secondary education (6-12) and my undergraduate is from Western Michigan University. I am also a National Board Certified Teacher and Mentor for new Board candidates. Before teaching I worked in the restaurant business and special event industry here in Chicago. I'm originally from Michigan where my family (mom and siblings) still live.

I love traveling with my sister and my nieces (now 15 and 17) during the summer and we've been to the Netherlands, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Costa Rica, and China as well as several of our own states here in the US. San Francisco, California is the favorite of the 15 year old, Seattle, Washington for the 17 year old. I like to vacation in good old Michigan harbor country between New Buffalo and Saugatuck! I also like to bake and was raised on a farm so ... I can use fruit in almost all my baking endeavors...but I prefer chocolate. Students hear many "farm" stories in our class and the contrast between urban and rural, based our shared or different life experiences, makes for fun conversation and usually captures student's attention.

I believe in a student centered/driven curriculum with the teacher as a facilitator and/or coach. Even level 1 curriculum can be driven by student's interests, if not initially their Spanish language skills. Students want to use the language in their daily life, so we make sure that happens. Current events and what's happening around the world drive the upper levels and of course, the holistic approach of the IB programs here at Lincoln Park. Thanks for visiting my bio page!
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Amy Hamilton
World Language Teacher