The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

by Susan Galbraith, Quill Reporter

Meet Your Neighbor Amy Wolf who resides at rural Biggsville.

Amy is a 5th grade teacher at West Central Elementary School. Before that she was previously a Title I associate for two years and earlier a teacher for P.A.S.S. Alternative High School in Monmouth.

Amy was born in Monmouth and raised in the Little York area.

In 1987 she graduated from Yorkwood High School and then went on to pursue her education at Western State College at Gunnison, Colorado, where she received her bachelor of arts in Business Administration and Communication.

When she moved back to the area she received her teacher certification from Monmouth College.

Amy has been married to John for 18 years. John is the plant manager at Big River Resources in West Burlington, Iowa.

They have two children, Kristin, (13), an eight grader at West Central and Sam (10) a 5th grader at the elementary school.

Amy's parents are Phil and Trudy Bergren of Monmouth. Phil is a carpenter and Trudy is employed by the Department of Human Services.

Amy's mom was raised on a farm in Henderson County near Bald Bluff.

Amy has one brother, Eric, who is a welder for the Alexis Fire Equipment Company and lives at rural Monmouth.

Amy, John, Kristin and Sam are members of Bethel Lutheran Church in Stronghurst where Amy is a member of the education committee and helps with Sunday School.

For entertainment she and John enjoy riding their Harley motorcycle. Last year they toured Colorado while Kristin and Sam were at camp in Colorado.

They have enjoyed tent camping for several years and loved their trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons with two other families a couple of years ago.

Amy writes children's books and she and John are very involved in their children's activities. Kris is a member of the swim team, track and speech team; Sam is in Tae Kwon Do, baseball, basketball and football.

Amy is very proud of her family and loves to spend time with her grandmother Hale who is 92 and a retired teacher.

An interesting fact is that Amy's grandmother, Hale, and great-aunt Ruby Johnson, (94), (sisters), were both recipients of scholarships given to the student with the highest grade point average in Henderson County many, many, years ago. They were awarded scholarships to attend Western Illinois University, in Macomb, to obtain a teaching degree, which they both did and taught in Henderson County schools for many years.

When Amy was asked what she liked most about teaching she said, "I really enjoy the kids, seeing how they progress, and their different personalities. My very favorite subject to teach is reading."