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Blackhawks Teacher Highlight – Amy Andrews

Amy Andrews of Abraham Lincoln Elementary is a huge fan of the Blackhawks AND Hockey Scholar. What a great combo! Recently, the Future Goals team asked Amy a few questions on her fandom, the Future Goals program and more.

What grade/subject do you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I’m currently teaching 5th grade science and social sciences. I’m going into my twenty-first year with Chicago Public Schools. 

How are you using Hockey Scholar in your classroom?

The last couple of years I’ve loved using Hockey Scholar with my students because they learned some tough physics and math concepts, while they had fun playing the games. It also helped that it featured many of their favorite Blackhawks players! I use the modules in conjunction with the science lessons/units I am teaching. For example, if students are learning about the difference between potential and kinetic energy, several practical examples come up in the modules. If they are able to finish all of the modules, they receive the Stanley Cup. Last year, every one of my 81 students “won the cup” and I took all of their pictures and gave them certificates provided by EverFi and Hockey Scholar. 

What was your students’ reaction to the course? Did they enjoy learning STEM with the Blackhawks?

The students were super engaged, learned and practiced many new science and math concepts, and many of them asked me to work on it at home. This has been a great experience for all of us, especially since it included attending a Hawks practice as our culminating event…huge thrill for the kids (not to mention their teachers!).

Who is your favorite Blackhawks player?

My favorite old-timer was Eddie Belfour….I have fond memories of watching Hawks games with my dad when he was a goalie. That would be my position of choice, btw 🙂 My favorite current player is definitely (Jonathan) Toews. Not only is he amazing on the ice, but he’s also a great role model and leader. 

Who in your life inspired you to become a teacher?

Inspiration for being a teacher was my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Gawlick, and my mother. They were both extremely kind, patient, always taught me something new, and helped me to build my confidence. Finally, I would not have pulled this off the last couple of years if it wasn’t for my partner teachers, Bob Durst (math), Jordan O’Malley (PE) and Debbie Hayes-Miller (ELA). Debbie and Bob supported the students if they needed extra help or time to work on the program, and Jordan coordinated the physical education component with the Hawks organization. Great example of team players!

That’s all for now! Stick around for more highlights throughout the school year.

P.S. If you missed the Open Practice, check out the recap here!