Amy currently serves as the Director of the Center for Science and Technology in Education (CSTE) where she coordinates and oversees innovations and partnerships to advance teacher education in science, technology, and STEM. This includes coordinating the M.Ed. in STEM Teacher Leadership program, which was established in 2015 to support in-service elementary and middle school teachers to advance STEM leadership in school communities. 

Amy first joined the University of Maryland as an undergraduate, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education in 2002. She went on to teach elementary school in Montgomery County Maryland for nine years before returning to UMD to pursue her graduate degrees. 

She graduated with her Ph.D. in Science Education in 2017. Her dissertation is titled The 'Next Generation' of Constructivist Reform in Science and STEM: Case study explorations of the practices of students and the perspectives of teachers.


  • 2021: "Learning Science with Online Instructional Videos: The Impacts of COVID-19." Paper submission for Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Science Education Research (DISER). 
  • 2021: "Exploring the Integration of Computational Thinking into Preservice Elementary Science Teacher Education (CT→PSTE)." National Science Foundation, STEM+C Program.
  • 2021: "Unifying Formal Academic and Environmental Education Priorities: A Framework Unifying Formal Academic and Environmental Education Priorities: A Framework for Environmental Literacy Education for Environmental Literacy Education." Paper submission and presentation for the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST).
  • 2020: "GuARdians of Tomorrow:  A Compelling Simulation for Understanding Climate Change." Grant proposal submission for Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning (RETTL).