"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. 
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
                                       - Margaret Mead
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.
Kathleen Acosta has taught Spanish since 2000.  She is a graduate of the University of Dayton.  Kathleen is a National Board Certified Teacher in World Languages (Spanish).       
A few years ago, Kathleen was awarded the Beginning Teacher of the Year Award from the Ohio Foreign Language Association.  She frequently travels to tropical destinations including Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. 

Amy and Kathleen have been creating and publishing teacher materials since 2000. 
As a team, they also present several educational workshops that feature topics such as Empowering Educators to Excel, Tips For Top Notch Teachers, Surviving Your First Years of Teaching, and Spanish For Educators, Business Professionals, and Public Servants. 
Amy and Kathleen recently won OFLA's Outstanding Foreign Language Technology Award.

Amy and Kathleen enjoy planning events that offer their students opportunities to apply the curriculum that they learn in the classroom in real-world situations.  In addition, their students benefit from the many charity programs that these ladies coordinate to give them valuable experiences helping in their communities. 
~ Please contact Amy and Kathleen at amyandkathleen@sparkenthusiasm.com
with any questions, community service project ideas that their students may participate in,
or with suggestions to improve this website.
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