Amy Edwards, MLIS
732-528-8820 Ext. 1889 (voicemail only)
Typically found "inventing" in the PLTW Innovation Lab, Room 460A, before/after school & during community lunch!
Extra Help: Thursdays after school in room 460A until 3:15 p.m. or by appointment.
My current roles here at Manasquan High School:
- Academy of Engineering, Coordinator
- Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering, Teacher
- Innovation Lab, Faculty Advisor
- Esports Team, Faculty Advisor
What if every student learned to think like an inventor?
As an engineering & STEM teacher at Manasquan High School, my goal is to use invention and project-based learning to motivate students to self-identify as problem solvers and change-makers. Invention education requires students to work as teams to identify real-world challenges they want to solve. When students experience this approach, they become more engaged in their learning, more inclusive in their thinking, and more prepared for a future of rapid change and uncertainty.
I strive to prepare my students to be the leaders of the future. The technologies I teach them in class will help my students build and practice the “soft” skills such as empathy, inclusivity, and curiosity that are in such high demand for tomorrow’s workforce. I’m not teaching my students to solve one problem; I’m teaching them the tools so they can analyze a problem, work with others to develop a solution, and apply these skills to any situation they encounter.
NJCU, various additional graduate-level coursework
Master's in Library & Information Science (MLIS), Rutgers University [School Library Media Specialist]
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Technology Education, NJ Standard Teaching Certification
Project Lead the Way Certified Teacher, Introduction to Engineering & Design, Principles of Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy, Gold Certified EV3 Robotics Instructor
School Library Media Specialist, NJ Standard Certified Education Support Professional
I began working at Manasquan High School in the 2013-2014 school year as the Certified School Library Media Specialist. In 2015, I was asked to create the Academy of Engineering (AOE). I ran both the AOE and the Media Center from 2015-2020. During those years, I also taught an NJIT college course on our campus, Fundamentals of Engineering Design. In 2021-2022, we’d grown the AOE to the point that I needed to focus solely on it, so I transitioned to teaching engineering courses full time while running the AOE.
Subjects I Teach:
- Academy of Engineering Current Courses:
- Introduction to Engineering & Design (PLTW)
- Principles of Engineering (PLTW)
- Fundamentals of Engineering Design, NJIT college course on MHS campus
- Introduction to Engineering Robotics
- I facilitate the students’ participation in various STEM challenges, such as NJ STEAM TANK Challenge competitions, Samsung Solve For Tomorrow National Competition, and Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam.
- I coach our Esports Team. We run 3 seasons of varsity esports teams. Each varsity game's competition is scheduled after school at 3:30 on the assigned day. We also have casual "friendlies" matches every Thursday in room 460A during community lunch.
- I support students' exploration of emerging technologies as requested by the students.