Far Brook News
“We are so excited to celebrate 25 years of success at New Jersey SEEDS,” explains John F. Castano, SEEDS’ Executive Director. “Our honorees for this year’s benefit represent our foundation and our future. Amy served SEEDS for fifteen years – twelve as the Executive Director. Her vision and passion for education equity and access both shaped and guided a young SEEDS organization and gave it the foundation for its quarter century of success. Of course, the greatest validation for any educator is seeing those aspirational young people grow into successful adults.”
For her "dedication to improving the education of students throughout New Jersey," Amy was presented the 2017 Leading Change Award by Far Brook School alumna and graduate of NJ SEEDS Young Scholars Program, Jasmine Harris '16, currently a freshman at Phillips Academy Andover.
Accepting the award, Amy shared her personal experience - as both a school administrator and classroom teacher - of the extraordinary benefits of the SEEDS program: "SEEDS students enrich our classes, raise the intellectual bar, and the level of thought-provoking and stimulating discussions for all the kids in the class. They expand our reasoning and improve our communities with their diversity of background, culture, and perspective. Implicit in their journey is grit, determination, and resiliency. I would also add that they bring a spirit of appreciation and generosity to our school communities as well. For this, I am so thankful to have had the pleasure to be in their company for so many years."