Amy Dunaway-Haney has a degree in Spanish Education from Bowling Green State
University and Masterís degrees in School and Clinical Counseling from the University of
Dayton. She has taught High School Spanish since 1992, while also working as a
family and substance abuse counselor. Amy is also a National Board Certified Teacher in
World Languages (Spanish).
Amy has been recognized numerous times for her innovative teaching with both national and
local awards. These awards include the MDA National Personal Achievement Award, the
Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award, the Jiffy Lube Teaching Excellence Award, and
the Freida J. Riley National Teaching Award. Most recently, Amy has been honored
as a 2006 Disney Teacher of the Year Honoree and a 2010 Great American
Teacher Award Honoree (created by the Ron Clark Academy).
Amy and Kathleen have also published numerous books full of creative and effective
teaching strategies, speaking and writing activities, games, and ideas to motivate students of
all ages. Many of these ideas are illustrated on this website, so that you may use
them to inspire your students and to spark enthusiasm for learning in your classrooms.
Welcome to SparkEnthusiasm.com!
SparkEnthusiasm.com is intended to inspire and enlighten you about teaching and learning.
You are invited to explore all of the videos, links, power point presentations, ideas, and
resources that this site has to offer. Please watch this introductory video to see
Amy Haney and Kathleen Acosta with their students demonstrating teaching in action.