Amy Reece is a poet, writer, and author of the published middle-grade novel Regarding Jeffrey.
After spending thirty five years of her life teaching, running a therapeutic riding school, and raising a family, Amy draws from her experiences to enrich her writing with themes of struggle, grit, and hope. She is currently working on writing picture books that teach but don’t preach tolerance and social skills.
The last six years of Amy’s teaching career were spent developing a therapeutic program for students with diagnosed emotional disabilities within the public high school. There she led a team of support staff, teachers, counselors, and therapists in the goal of developing social emotional skills and life skills in order to prepare her students for graduation and life after high school.
While teaching full time and raising a family, Amy earned a Masters in Special Education and an MFA in Creative Writing. Her students have won multiple writing awards, and Amy has received recognition for her poetry at her university and through online publications.
Currently, Amy lives and writes from her home with her husband on Martha’s Vineyard Island. All three of their children are successfully launched (for now). Her days are spent writing, gardening, riding her horse Alex, reading with her granddaughter, and attempting to sort through trunks full of family photos that somehow landed in her basement.
Amy has learned that building healthy relationships with young people and helping them to acquire a toolbox of strategies is key to their future success. She has also learned that nobody really cares about all of those vacation photos you took, so do your family a favor and toss or delete them now! But do keep those old love letters and photos of handsome strangers so future generations will have something interesting to wonder about you.