Amy Recker presently is the Preschool Special Education Director as well as the supervisor of related services (occupational and physical therapy). The preschool program consists of 8 center based classrooms, 3 itinerant intervention specialists and several other specialists in various fields who provide support and specialized instruction in various locations to students based on individual needs. Prior to being a leader of the preschool program, she was a preschool special education teacher for 12 years in which she taught a variety of disabilities and typically developing students. Having a son with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), she has a deep passion for working in partnership with families with children with disabilities. For the past 7 years, she teamed with district supervisors, community organizations, families and staff to develop and supervise the Great Day Academy Autism Unit for students on the spectrum grades K-12. She currently serves as the administrative leader of the Educational Service Center Autism Team which promotes autism awareness and provides parents and professional with resources and foundational information for understanding and teaching students with autism. Recently, she and 6 other ESC professionals from a variety of disciplines attended a five day training by international speaker Dr. Rush Aspy, co-author of the outstanding award winning book The Ziggurat Model. She and the team were trained on a collaborative team approach to assist with the educational identification of students with ASD.
Mrs. Recker earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education grades K-8 from The Ohio State University, Preschool and Early Education for the Handicapped Certification from Bluffton University and a Master of Educational Administration and Principal Licensure grades K-6 from the University of Dayton.
Amy is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She works closely with other preschool programs throughout Allen County and serves on several early childhood committees. She enjoys vacationing with family and friends, playing golf, singing songs in the car and watching movies. She is married to Ross Recker, has two children, Evan and Conner and a rambunctious dog named Cooper.