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Five Questions with New Children's Fresh Air Farm Director

Five Questions with New Children's Fresh Air Farm Director

Meet Amy Montz. The 2010 Elementary Teach of the Year has taught at Birmigham City School's Phillips Academy and Glen Iris. She also taught first grade and kindergarten in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Amy holds a BS and MS in Early Childhood Education from UAB.

Q: Why did you decide to go into education?
A: I decided to go into education because I wanted to help children be the best they could be. After spending two years teaching in Bogalusa, Louisiana and my last 14 in the Birmingham City School System, I’ve learned it’s not the destination, it’s the journey.
Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not
depart from it.
(Proverbs 22:6).

Q: What drew you to the director position at the Children’s Fresh Air Farm?
A: When I first read the requirements for the executive director position, I knew immediately that CFAF was the right place for me. I am passionate about working with children, love to plan and organize events; and I’m an extrovert, so I’ve never met a stranger! You know the saying, “I’m coming home to a place I’ve never known.” Well, that is exactly how I feel.

Q: What exciting, fun projects are you working on?
A: The whole first week has been the BEST first week I’ve ever experienced at any job in my life and I want to
extend my gratitude for the warm welcome I have received. The main project we are working on at the moment is gearing up for the summer enrichment camp during June and July. This camp is the heart of the Children’s Fresh Air Farm. Registration forms have been sent home. The returning students are getting very excited knowing what’s in
store for them, and the rising 3rd graders are getting excited for what’s yet to be. We’re also planting and sprucing up the gardens for harvesting fruits and vegetables when the day campers are here.

Q: If members haven’t visited the Farm recently, why should they?
A: If you haven’t stopped by the farm lately, please drop in and sit a spell. I’d love to take you on a tour to show you this little piece of heaven here on Earth. We have an awesome resource room available to visitors and IPC members where you can have workshops, meetings and presentations with seating up to 50 people. Come and check out the wonderful trails while walking alongside a creek, hearing the sounds of wildlife and seeing the bounty of God’s creation while still being surrounded by the Bluff Park community. There’s a children’s playground, badminton and volleyball area and plenty of green grass to run around in to your heart’s content!

Q: How can members become more involved with the Farm?
A: It takes a village, as they say… so please call me at 907-2888 or email me at amontz@ipc-usa.org to volunteer or share your ideas for the Farm.

Fun fact: I went to clown school and am officially a clown…my name is ‘Pinky Winky’!

Amy was hired as the CFAF director when Gini Williams decided to retired.

Gini officially retired May 15 to spend more time with her family. She became the Children's Fresh Air Farm director in 2010. She oversaw the first summer learning program in 2010. During her time, the program's length expanded to the current six-week program. She also doubled the number of campers coming for a summer at the Farm. An estimated 600 students have all seen tremendous academic gains and been introduced to swimming, theatre and other cultural experiences during her tenure. You'll still see Gini around the
church, so be sure to thank her for her work.