Amy Idzior is the Autism Coordinator for Saginaw Township Community Schools. She has Bachelor of Arts (BA) & Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degrees in special education from SVSU with Emotional Impairments (EI), Learning Disabilities (LD), and Early Childhood (ZA) endorsements. Before being the coordinator, Amy was a resource room teacher and Early Childhood Developmentally Delayed (ECDD) teacher. She has worked for eleven years with students who have ASD. Amy is a RCN county representative for START. Amy received the Future Horizons Carol Gray Award in 2004 and was a Top 10 Finalist for the Saginaw News Diamond Award in 2006. Amy is also a trainer in all modules through GVSU's START program since 2007. The ASD Team that Amy is on won the 2008 MASB Education Excellence Award and the 2008 Michigan's Best Award for their KNOTS peer mentor program. This same team at Arrowwood Elementary was chosen by START as 1 of 9 schools in the nation to receive federal grant money and training to implement new research based practices in public schools for 2009-2010.
BA & MAT
Amy grew up in Bay City, but now lives in Saginaw Township with her husband Steve, who is the manager of Physical Medicine and Rehab at Covenant Hospital. They have a son named Ethan who is in the 8th grade and a daughter named Elisabeth (Elissa) who is in 5th grade. As a family they enjoy camping, playing games, and being with their pets Molly and Rocky. Amy has learned first hand the rewards and challenges of being a parent of a child with Asperger's. This experience has made her a better teacher and the professional experiences have helped her better understand her son.
On April 10, 2008 Jason J-MAC McElwain came to STCS to have lunch with the KNOTS students. It was a major event after seeing J-MAC in the news for the last year. Jason is a person with Autism who lived out his dream of playing on the high school basketball team when he was put in the last 4 minutes of the game and scored 20 points. Go to You Tube and type Jason McElwain for the amazing video!