Amy Gargan-Johnson is a Co-Head Teacher in Classroom 3, and this is her fourth year working at the nursery school. In 2015, Amy and her JCC teaching team were awarded a Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Prior to joining the nursery school staff, Amy spent two summers at the JCC as the 4s unit head in the day camp. Before coming to the JCC, Amy was a head teacher in a 3s classroom at the nursery school at Habonim, where she taught for six years.
Amy is a native New Yorker. She grew up in Brooklyn before moving to Manhattan to study directing for theater at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While teaching theater classes to elementary school students during college, she realized that her real passion was actually for teaching young children. She went on to receive a master's degree in early childhood education from Brooklyn College.
In addition to being a classroom teacher, Amy is also a teaching artist and producer with Story Pirates, an arts organization that celebrates the words and ideas of children through creative literacy programs. Amy says, "Working with Story Pirates, I am asked to find creative and exciting ways for children to explore their imaginations, to collaborate with their peers, and to feel validated and confidant in their own ideas. I think that this work has informed and enhanced my style as a classroom teacher. I have seen how successful it can be to surround learning with surprise and wonder with children from toddlers to fifth grade." Most importantly, Amy is mom to "Baby Bailey," now a toddler.