Amy Heyvaert honored

Submitted photoAmy Heyvaert with her daughter and son, Ella and Eli, and her husband, Jason, are shown horseback riding on vacation at Big Creek Trail Rides in Hartshorn, Mo.

Amy Heyvaert is a Spanish teacher and media specialist at Fulton High School and recently won employee of the year. Find out more about her in this week’s edition of Meet Your Neighbor.

How did it feel to get the Fulton High School Employee of the year award?

I was honored but also surprised that I received the award. I work with so many dedicated people that are just as deserving.

What is your favorite thing about teaching Spanish 1 at Fulton High School?

Teaching Spanish 1 is an exciting job. Students have the opportunity to explore a new language and culture for the first time, and I am lucky enough to be the person that introduces them to it. I always look forward to starting a new school year and having a new group of students to teach Spanish 1 to, but it is even better watching past students go on to take Spanish 2, 3, and 4 because they love learning more about the Spanish language as much as I do.

Since you spend half of your time as the librarian, what is your all-time favorite book and what are you currently reading?

My all-time favorite book is “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë. I am currently reading one of the 2018 Lincoln Award Nominees, “These Shallow Graves” by Jennifer Donnelly.

What do you do on the weekends to relax?

This time of year I spend most of my time traveling to high school volleyball tournaments and junior tackle football games to cheer on my daughter and son. When time allows, I enjoy trail riding with my family at local equestrian parks.

Where do you go when you just want to get away for a day?

A drive to Galena is my favorite get away to try new restaurants and wander through antique shops.

If you weren’t a teacher what would you be doing?

I would have more bottle calves and a larger garden.

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