• Books
    Name: Amy Hemmer
    Room Number(s): 251
    Subject(s): 8th Grade ELA and 6th Grade Drama
    Teacher Message:
    Biography:  I spent my childhood huddled under a pile of books in Spanish Lake, Missouri.  At age 15 my parents and I moved to Mesa, Arizona.  I finished high school there and then kept the Westward migration going by heading out to California for college.  I received my teaching certificate in Elementary Education from Humblodt State University in waaaaay Northern California among the redwood trees. From there I was city bound, living in San Francisco for a few years postponing my impending adulthood.  From there I headed south to spend several years teaching in Costa Rica and Guatemala.  I tapped into my pioneering spirit when I opened a school on the beach that served ex-pat primary-age kids and middle-aged sportfishing Captains needing to learn English.  Once I turned thirty, I wanted to move back to St. Louis!  Why?  Who leaves the tropics for St. Louis?!  Well, I was feeling the pull of the tide of my gene pool in the form of a ton of family on both sides of the river.   I wanted to teach in a more established system.  I wanted to buy a house.  I was ready for the proverbial settling down.  And I have.  I started teaching at McKinley just a few months after my return to my Midwestern roots.  I have taught at McKinley for 14 years in sixth, seventh and eighth grade.  I live in Benton Park with my six year old daughter.  I love sharing literature with young people and helping them improve as communicators in thier writing, speaking and listening.