First Baptist is excited to welcome Amy Kirkman as our new Weekday School Director!

amy-headshotAbout Amy

Amy Kirkman comes to First Baptist having worked with children of all ages for the past 17 years, and knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that her heart is with preschool. She brings broad experience in early childhood education, staff management, curriculum development, and implementation of vision and creativity that are a great fit for our Weekday School.

Amy is a 2000 graduate of UNC-Greensboro where she earned a Bachelor of Social Work Degree. She continued to pursue her education earning a Master of Education Degree with a focus on Birth through Kindergarten and Special Education. Her first year out of college was spent as a group home counselor with Youth Opportunities in Winston-Salem. In 2001, Amy served as a center director of a Head Start program at Guilford Child Development. In 2004, she managed a staff of rehabilitative play and speech therapists with CNC Access. For the past 11 years, she has served as an Exceptional Children’s Itinerant Teacher for children ages 3-5 with Guilford County Schools. Amy works with children in the classroom setting to provide consultation to teachers and directors on improving environment and curriculum, not just for children with special needs, but for all children.

Outside of her career, Amy enjoys cooking, swing dancing, reading, home renovation, and outdoor activities with her family.

A Few Words about Amy

“As a former teacher in our Weekday School, I am especially excited about welcoming Amy as our new director! She is energetic, highly qualified, and is excited about all that she can contribute to our school personally and professionally!”
-Lynne Greene, search committee member and former FBC Weekday School teacher

“Amy is a valuable resource as an early childhood professional. She is knowledgeable about early childhood development and developmentally appropriate practices. Amy is organized, prompt, and always puts children first.”
-Ashli Osteen Evans, Itinerant Preschool Teacher, Guilford County Schools Exceptional Children

“I am so excited for Amy to lead our Weekday School. Her experience and caring spirit are a great fit for our children and church.”
-Jody Moore, search committee chair and Weekday School parent

“Amy meets every hope and expectation we had for this position. We are thrilled about the leadership she will bring to our school’s present and future.”
-Alan Sherouse, pastor & Christina McCord, minister to children

A Word from Amy  

I am excited to join the team at First Baptist Church as the Weekday School Director. My educational philosophy is that children thrive in environments where they know they are loved and where they can develop the confidence to build positive relationships with their teachers and with each other. They thrive when they are supported in their quest to solve problems, to interact with the natural world, and to freely explore their interests using all of their senses. While current research in educational theory and developmentally appropriate practice drives my teaching, my faith drives my daily interactions with other educators, families, and children.

I have felt pulled for some time to outwardly merge my faith with my career, and I could not be more excited to do just that at FBC Weekday School. To be able to provide a nurturing and educationally rich experience for preschool children, while also showing them the fullness of God’s love and grace, is truly a gift. I have learned that families are the most important part of a child’s education and that a well-rounded early educational experience is impossible without strong partnerships with families. I can’t wait to get to know each family as we work together. I want the children of the Weekday School to identify themselves as children of God and as strong, smart, capable, and kind. I want to send them into the world with the confidence, kindness, and the utter fierceness that knowing God can provide.

Amy and her Family

Amy and her husband, Patrick, live in Greensboro with their two daughters, Kate (6) and Taylor (10).