Amy Milner-Gorvine – Middle School Humanities

Amy Milner-Gorvine

amilner@roycemoreschool.org

Biography

I have been working in the field of education for over 20 years and am thrilled to have found a home teaching middle school Humanities at Roycemore. Over the course of my career, I have taught everything from three-year-old preschool to college classes. My passion, however, is working with middle school students. I love how they constantly surprise me and keep me on my toes. I love my students, and I hope that they learn nearly as much from me as I learn from them.

Academically, I have studied education, political science, history, reading, literature, and middle school education. In addition to my formal education, I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to live and study abroad, including a year as an AFS exchange student in South Africa and a year of college at Tel Aviv University. I also avail myself of as many professional development opportunities as possible. I have presented at conferences run by the Alternative Schools Network (ASN) and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).

I am a proud Evanston resident. I currently live at Northwestern University in a Faculty-in-Residence apartment with my psychology professor husband, two daughters, and two overfed cats.

Education

  • B.A. Earlham College, Richmond, IN - Politics
  • M.A. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA - Political Science
  • Teachers Certification, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI - Education & History
  • M.A. St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL - Education, Reading

Favorite Quote/Fun Fact

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society. -Theodore Roosevelt

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

I teach because it is in my blood; it is who I am. Teaching invigorates me and fills my soul. It is a career where I make a difference and no day is the same. I hope that my students learn to think for themselves, speak their minds, and be a force of good in the world. These are our futures leaders. I believe in them, and I strive to create a learning environment where they believe in themselves.

Why Roycemore?

Roycemore is a place where everyone is respected for who they are. We challenge our students to take risks, go deeper, and push themselves, despite knowing that risk-taking can mean failure. To that end, we take a design thinking approach, where failure is just another step in the process. Roycemore is unique in that we apply the same model to our teachers as we do our students. As professionals at Roycemore, we are encouraged to grow as educators, with the understanding that failure can sometimes be part of the process. I appreciated that I get to work in a place where I am valued for who I am and encouraged to try new things and become the best that I can be.