• "If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
    perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
    Let him step to the music he hears,however measured or far away." Thoreau

    All About Me!!!!!


    My name is Mary Amtsberg and I would like to welcome you to my kinder corner,a little spot nestled in the hallways of Caley Elementary School, where learning and fun go hand in hand. The 2020-2021 school year will hold many new and exciting things as we begin our journey together through virtual learning. 


    It is hard to believe that I am beginning my 21st year at Caley Elementary. I am very lucky to work with such an amazing and talented staff.
    It seems like just yesterday I was working with my first class that graduated in 2012. I am so proud of all of the graduates that have spent some time with me, they will always be "my kids". Every child that spends time in my class becomes one of "my kids". So your child will be come one of "my kids" this year.

    I grew up in small town in Frederick County, Maryland. I graduated from Walkersville High School and earned my Associates Degree from Frederick Community College.


    I earned my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood at Salisbury State University (now Salisbury University) on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and one of the perks was being only 25-30 minutes from Ocean City, MD.

    While at Salisbury, I was the sports editor of the campus newspaper.  

    I began my teaching career in Frederick, Maryland at South Frederick Elementary School, where I taught first grade, for two years, before moving to Pennsylvania.


    I earned my master's degree in Special Education from Western Maryland College (Now called McDaniel College) in 2004. This winter, I will begin a program that will lead to a behavior analyst certification and certification in Autism and Spectrum disorders.
    A few other interesting facts about me:


    My husband, Michael and I will celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary in February.
    We have two beautiful children, Benjamin and Sarah. It is hard to believe that "my baby boy" will be a senior at Daniel Boone High School. My daugher will be a sophomore at Boone. 
    You will probably hear many stories about Ben and Sarah. I tend to use them as examples, many times embellishing my stories. For example, Sarah might have messy handwriting at school and when she did her homework that night, she had to redo it, 10 times before I thought it was perfect. The kids love it!!!!!!!
    We have three furry babies, all are rescues, Snickers, a chocolate "English" lab, Seamus a lab mix, and Gunnar, a "dudley" lab.
    In 2014, I was admitted to the Daughters of the American Revolution  My ancestor, Nicholas Isaac Grindstaff fought for our freedom in the Southern campaign of the War.
    I am a Washington Football Team fan but I cheer for the Atlanta Falcons when they play because coach Quinn is a friend from college.
    I also love my Baltimore Orioles and Washington Capitals and Wizards.
    I love classic Winnie the pooh, I love all of the characters, but, Eeyore is my favorite.
    I don't like chocolate and I don't like any kind of soda, nor, do I like coffee or tea.... I drink lots of water. =0) Some would say, I am "kinda" picky when it comes to what I eat and drink. 
    In my free time, I enjoy walking\hiking at Monocacy Hill and hiking in general,genealogy,spending time with friends and family and going home to Maryland. 



    Click here to see pictures of my family and me! 



Last Modified on August 19, 2020