Anaheim Ducks October 2023 Teacher of the Month
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Amy Kuntz and I teach Math, Science, Technology, Engineering, and more to 62 eager 5th graders at Patricia Beatty Elementary in Riverside, California. I’ve been teaching for 15 years and taught 3rd-5th grades and Special Education. I decided to become a teacher because I love being “on”, and performing for kids, and I am a product of educators, my mom is a professor and my dad is an English teacher. I love teaching for many reasons, it allows me to be creative, innovative, and flexible with instruction and I truly enjoy the kids. I have also been a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and volunteer for “I Love Riverside”, doing community service projects with students.
What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?
My favorite part of the program is the realistic, computer effects that look like actual hockey players and the tools they use. STEM is everywhere in the game of hockey, from using angles, stats, and percentages in Math, to force, acceleration, physics of momentum in Science and Engineering. Technology plays a key part in hockey because referees need to check replays for penalties, the scoring and statistics of every player is tracked, social media is used by the NHL to promote fan attendance.
Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?
My favorite NHL player is Anze Kopitar because he is a veteran leader, captain, and overall incredible player on the LA Kings. He recently scored his 400th career goal and he currently has a 4-game point streak at the age of 36!
If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?
I never played hockey, however, my husband, Jason, did for many years. He also worked at a rink and was a referee. He played in high school and loved every minute of it. He played Defenseman.