Phone: 802-352-4291


Degrees and Certifications:

Colby College, Anthropology and Education, BA, 1994 University of Montana, Elementary Education Certification, BA, 1998 Vermont Science Initiative Elementary Science Education MA, 2005

Amy Clapp

I have been teaching at Salisbury for 23 years now (I can hardly believe that!).  I started as a fifth grade teacher, then I was a fourth, fifth, and sixth grade teacher, followed by being the science specialist for K-6th grade, and this will be my fourth year teaching fourth grade.  Fourth grade is, hands-down, my favorite grade.  I love watching these kids grow and progress throughout the year.  I have had many oppotunities in my life to engage with other teachers.  I have enjoyed these opportunites to learn from others as I am a true believer in life long learning.  My passion is teaching kids to be connected to nature and their own backyard.  I love teaching in the forest classroom where these connections can be made naturally.  


Addison Central Inservice,The Three Demimensions of NGSS.

Middlebury College Clifford Symposium, Elementary Teacher Presenter. Celebrating Darwin’s Legacy. 

NSTA National Conference Symposium Teacher. Living Systems and the Arctic. 

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Regional Judge. 

Poster Presentation. “Using Current Polar Projects to Guide Inquiry and Content Knowledge in the Elementary Classroom,” AGU Conference, San Francisco, CA. 

Workshop Presenter. “Teaching Global Climate Change,” WeatherWhys Conference, Museum of Science, Boston, MA.

Presider and Organizer, “Polar Research Symposium,” Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. 

Keynote Speaker, “Three Weeks of Science Field Work in Siberia,” Vermont Science and Math Fair, Norwich University, Northfield, VT. 

Keynote Speaker, “Teachers as Explorers,” Vermont Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, Burlington, VT

Science Professional Development Network Leader, VT Department of Education. 

Vermont LIST (Leaders in Science Teaching) Regional Coordinator, Vermont Department of Education.

Power Standards Development Leader, Addison Central Supervisory Union. 

Presenter, “Effective and Successful Teacher Leadership in Science Education.” Vermont Leadership Conference, Montpelier, VT. May, 2004

Advisor, Middlebury College PARTNERS in Education. Work with college students as they develop curriculum materials and work in the elementary science classroom. 2004-Present
Technology Mentor, Addison Central Supervisory Union. 2002-2004

Science Curriculum Coordinator, Addison Central Supervisory Union. 

Science Grade Expectations Development Committee, VT Department of Education.

Workshop Presenter, Vermont Educators Best Practices Conference, Using Inquiry in the Classroom.


ACSD Teacher of the Year, 2021

Silver Feather Award, Addison County Audubon Society, for notable devotion, dedication, and untiring effort on behalf of the preservation and enjoyment of the natural communities of Addison County, 2018.

Fund for Teachers Fellow, Using Birds to Connect K-6 Curriculum, 2015.

Otter Creek Audubon Educator, Hog Island Teachers in Nature Week, 2014.

Exploravision Honorable Mention, Mentor for inventions developed by second-fourth graders, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016.

NESCent (National Evolution Synthesis Center), Darwin Day Road Scholar, 2013

Engineering Grants, Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering-2012, 2019, 2020

Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching, National runner-up for lesson sequence on global warming, 2011.

Technology Grant Recipient, Vermont Department of Education, Received Smartboard and Interactive clickers, 2010

Carbonrally Elementary School Carbon Reducer State Winner, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, 2009.

Vermont Elementary Science Teacher of the Year, Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering, 2005-2006.

TREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) Teacher, One of 10 teachers chosen nationally to work with scientists in the Arctic. 2004, 2005.

Grant Recipient, Addison Central Education Endowment Fund-2002-2023--each year for various projects

Grant Recipient, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, 2000, to restore Nature Trail at school for educational purposes.


  • National Science Teachers Association

  • Vermont Science Teachers Association

  • Vermont LIST (Leaders in Science Teaching)

  • Board Member of

  • National Arbor Day Curriculum Review 


  • Naturally Litereate, A Guidbook for the Beginner Naturalist

  • National Geographic Teacher Educator, https:// spotlight-following-the-journeys-of-backyard-birds/

  • Audubon, vermont-classroom

  • Cherry, Lynne with Clapp, Amy, From the Top of the World: Teaching about Ocean Currents. Current: The Journal of Marine Education. Volume 23, Number 2, 2007



Proud to be National Geographic Educator of the Week for October 10, 2015