The Lee-Scott Report Sullivan and Spanish: A perfect combination
Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00
By Noori Mallaji Student Writer
“God’s provision is what led me to Lee-Scott Academy,” according to high school Spanish teacher Amy Sullivan, who is in her first year of full-time teaching at LSA.
Soon after Sullivan moved to Auburn in 2010 after her husband took a position with the Auburn Sports Network, she began searching for teaching jobs in the Auburn-Opelika area.
“Lee-Scott had an immediate need for an extended substitute Spanish position,” Sullivan said. “I was blessed to do that for 10 weeks.”
After completing her substitute position for 10 weeks last year, Sullivan said that, “God provided again with the opening of the full-time high school position at LSA for this year.”
Sullivan was born in Chapel Hill, N.C., but lived in Winston-Salem, N.C. for about 20 years. After graduating high school, she returned to Chapel Hill to attend college at the University of North Carolina.
She first became interested in Spanish in high school.
“I had a Spanish teacher for both my freshman and junior years named Mrs. Getz,” Sullivan recalls. “She made Spanish fun and made me want to go to school and work. I have never been in a class where I wanted to learn and do the homework, but I wanted to for my Spanish class. I was successful.”
In college, Sullivan decided to get a second major in Spanish with hopes of using it somehow after graduation.
She then studied abroad in Seville, Spain, during the summer of her junior year, an experience, she says, that “solidified my love for the language and culture. Teaching became an option during my senior year.”
But Sullivan’s interests are not limited solely to teaching. Not only has she been busy at LSA, but she is also very active in the local community.
“I coached cross-country and track in North Carolina for three years, so running is one of my loves,” said Sullivan.
She recently ran in the Soldier Marathon in Columbus, Ga., finishing third in her age group. She also enjoys drama, and is currently performing in the Auburn Area Community Theatre’s production of Hairspray.
But teaching Spanish remains her first love.
“The staff and students at LSA are very welcoming and encouraging and have made me feel like I’ve been a part of the Lee-Scott family for years,” she said. “Now I can’t think of doing anything else.”