Amy Garner graduated in May of 2012 and began begin teaching first grade at St. Therese Little Flower Catholic School in Indianapolis, Indiana immediately after graduation thanks to her experience at Marian University. She then taught fifth grade at St. Malachy Catholic School in Brownsburg, Indiana. Garner is currently a catechist to first graders at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Clinton, Indiana.
Garner feels that Marian University had a lot to offer her, “I was able to learn both in the classroom and local elementary schools, gaining valuable classroom experience from my first semester to my last semester. The class sizes were small, the courses invaluable, and the professors supportive. Not only did I learn the science of teaching, but I learned about the necessity and art of impacting young learners in meaningful ways.
As a student, Garner was also a member of the San Damiano Scholars Program, Silver Knights, the Peer Tutor Program, and Students Taking Active Reflective Roles and served as president of Kappa Delta Pi. During the 2011 Kappa Delta Pi international convocation, their chapter, Alpha Alpha Tau, received the Ace of the Ace (Achieving Chapter Excellence) award. Garner also co-presented a session at the convocation entitled “Measuring Up with Multiple Intelligences” with one of her professors.
Garner made the Dean’s List all eight semesters and received the Senior Award for Outstanding Achievement in Elementary Education and was included in the listing Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.
Garner credits the San Damiano Scholars Program as having a large impact on her as a student. “Being a San Damiano Scholar provided me with a supportive community to actively discern my life’s vocation of being a Catholic school teacher. Ultimately, the support I received through the San Damiano Scholars Program, as well as the Catholic School Educator Preparation Program, enabled me to make my desire of teaching at a Catholic school a reality.