Amy Dickinson

Biography

PK3 English Teacher
Email: adickinson@dcbilingual.org
Phone: 202.750.6733

What is your role at DCB?
With Ina and Nanci, I co-teach an inclusive PreK3 classroom! In the classroom, we take turns leading whole-group activities, such as read-aloud and Morning Meeting, and I teach English literacy and math small groups.

What is your educational background?
I have a BA in English from Syracuse University, MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts, and MA in Early Childhood Special Education from GWU.

How are you available to help parents and families?
I’m available to help in any way parents and families might need!

How can parents and families contact you?
Parents and families can contact me by email at adickinson@dcbilingual.org or by phone (call or text) at 585-319-7186.

Why are you passionate about your work?
I think every child has a fundamental right to learn and play in a safe place surrounded by people who care about him or her, and I want to work hard to be a tiny part of making sure that’s a reality for all kids. Plus, teaching is the kind of work in which I learn something new from my students and colleagues every day; it’s hard to be in stasis as a teacher.

What made you decide to follow this career path?
I stumbled into working with children through time spent assisting in a 6th-grade classroom in San Diego when I worked with AmeriCorps and again in rural Paraguay while working with Peace Corps on an early elementary education project. A couple years in a nonprofit office setting in DC made me realize how much I missed daily interactions with children and their unique ways of seeing and experiencing the world.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.” – George Saunders

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin

What about DCB appeals to you?
I love working in a bilingual environment with colleagues, students, and families from many different places; I love the respect for diversity at DCB and the respect for community. When I come to school, it feels warm and inviting, like being a part of a family. I don’t think a day goes by in which I don’t hug a parent or coworker. I didn’t even realize how important this type of atmosphere was to me until I came to DCB.