Amy ElverumDenise Goldman
Director of Special Education, Associate Director
After serving as a founding member of the UMA Board of Directors during its first year of existence, Amy brings 20 years of experience as a Special Education educator to UMA. She is excited to be entering the sixth year of UMA as the school continues to grow and develop and become part of the surrounding community. Amy is especially excited about our amazing staff this year, our growing high school, and our continuing focus on Pathways and community.
Amy has a breadth of experience working with students who range in age from kindergarten through high school. The majority of her teaching career was inspiring secondary students in a special education setting to be curious about science.
Amy is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota. She has earned an Education Specialist degree in School Administration and a Masters of Education in Special Education. Amy was an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow during the 2006-2007 school year, during which time she advised the Committee on Education and Labor on education and science policy. Amy was named Minnesota’s Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year in 2005 and the Minnesota Middle School Science Teacher of the Year in 2004.
Amy lives with her spouse and dog in Minneapolis. She enjoys walking, camping, gardening, travel, cooking, music, and reading. She considers herself a lifelong learner and enjoys sharing that love of learning with students and staff.