Amy Soupiset Named Alamo Heights School Foundation's Faye Langley Cowden Chair
Amy Soupiset teaches because she loves kids. She loves watching the transformative power that learning has in their lives.
"I feel a responsibility to both a child’s head (academics) and their heart (character). The lessons I design have at their heart—engagement. I am constantly asking myself, 'How can I teach my content in a way that gets kids excited about learning'?”
Just recently, Amy chose to transform her room into “Mt. Everest Base Camp” for an expository writing-intensive week. The idea grew out of a desire to teach students prompt writing in an innovative way that would draw them in to a usually less than exciting lesson. She realized that this transformation had a lasting impact when students started referring to the completion of their essays as "summiting." It created a feeling of excitement and pride amongst the students.
Amy has created similar opportunities to expand learning through her innovative and engaging work in the development of Family Science Nights, Letterheads Writing Club, Super Science Saturdays and Mentor Texts activities. This is just a sampling of the type of creativity that Amy will use in her role as Cowden Chair.
Amy is currently teaching 4th Grade Language Arts and Texas History at Woodridge Elementary. She will serve as Cowden Chair beginning with the 2016 academic year and continuing through the close of 2019.
Established in 1994, the Faye Langley Cowden Chair for Elementary Education was created as a commitment to continued excellence in AHISD elementary schools. Named for Mrs. Cowden, a 1930 graduate of Alamo Heights and former teacher, the endowment is administered by the Alamo Heights School Foundation.