Amy Campbell is a teacher of students with significant learning challenges at Helen Baller Elementary School in Camas, Washington and the 2020 Washington State Teacher of the Year. In her position as a teacher of students with significant learning challenges, she collaborates with staff, parents, and community to develop individualized plans that focus on each student's unique skills, abilities, and interests to help them find their place among their peers in the school community. Amy has a passion for supporting students with unique learning needs and focuses on students’ possibilities, potential, and opportunities rather than deficits.
Amy believes all children can learn, and to achieve her vision of academic success for all she implements innovative strategies geared to students' strengths. She develops ways, through collaboration with general education teachers, to integrate her students into their communities. She believes in the power of inclusion, where everyone can participate in learning together and experience diversity as an asset. Amy's personal life mission is to change the way people view people with special needs and change the way people with special needs see themselves.