Amy Holton
Amy Holton
Lilly Endowment announced Amy Holton, Washington STEM Academy English language teacher, is a recipient of its 2020 Teacher Creativity Fellowship.
The program will provide Holton with a grant to pursue her passions of community, communication and travel.
She grew up in Wapakoneta, Ohio, and chose Huntington University in Indiana for her teaching degree. While there, she benefited from several educational and service-oriented trips to India, Israel, Turkey and Belize, according to a news release from Warsaw Community Schools.
In summer 2015, Holton spent three weeks teaching English in China. The following summer offered an opportunity to teach English in Nepal.
Holton applied for the Lilly Grant because of her desire to better connect with and love for her community, the release states. As an English language teacher, 90% of her students and their parents speak Spanish.
She said, “What better way to show my students love and respect than to step into their shoes as a language learner.”
Holton has three major goals to be accomplished by June 2021: become conversationally fluent in Spanish, deepen her understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures and present her learnings in an “All about Spain” unit study with her students and create a bilingual children’s story about journeying to acquire a new language titled “El Lenguaje es Poder, Language is Power.”
Amy will begin with online study courses and then travel to Valencia, Spain, in June. Her trip will include taking language classes as well as salsa classes, museum tours and immersion experiences that will inform her children’s book.
In May 2021, Holton will finalize “El lenguaje es poder, Language is Power” to highlight the adventures, challenges and triumphs of learning a new language.