Amy Kerr is a teacher at Cornell School District in Coraopolis, PA. As a Social Studies and English teacher, she strives to teach the humanities in authentic and innovative ways. At Cornell Ms. Kerr has coached swimming and sponsored the competitive Battle of the Books program in the high school. She is also the sponsor the Senior High Student Council and Social Studies Department Chair. Amy believes strongly in her responsibility to foster responsible and engaged citizens. Her goals as a teacher also include fostering a safe and inclusive working environment; preparing students with 21st Century learning skills including technological proficiency, collaboration, and independent learning; and encouraging intrinsic curiosity in her students.
In Amy’s more than 10 years teaching, she has been recognized by her principal as a Keystone Technology Integrator (for exemplary technology integration in the classroom) twice. She partnered many times with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh on multiple occasions to bring globally-focused learning opportunities to the small, k-12 in one building, Cornell School District. Students participate in (and have even hosted) video conferences with schools from around the country and internationally (including schools in Taiwan, India, Brazil, Pakistan, and Ghana). She believes strongly that cultural competency is a skill that will help students in an increasingly global workforce. Through the World Affairs Council partnership, Ms. Kerr has helped students in her school travel abroad on scholarships to Peru, South Africa, France, and Mexico. In 2015, Ms. Kerr was the beneficiary of a World Affairs Councils of America travel grant to Turkey with 23 other teachers from across the country. This enabled her to bring her passion for history and culture to life in her classroom. Additionally, Amy was the co-winner of the 2013 World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh George C. Oehmler award for excellence in teaching Global Affairs.