Teacher continues to learn from Selma

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 17, 2003

There was always something in Amy Fabricius that wanted to be a teacher. Nothing overwhelming, just a desire to one day teach a class of her own.

Fabricius, originally from Iowa, came to Selma as a volunteer with the Edmundite mission corps before joining the staff at Selma High School. She chose to stay in Selma because the city still had much to offer. &uot;Selma, to me, is an education and I’m still learning so much,&uot; she said. &uot;It’s the right place for me to be.&uot;

Fabricius isn’t the only one learning, though. As an English teacher, Fabricius discusses works such as &uot;Romeo and Juliet&uot; and &uot;The Scarlet Letter&uot; with her classes. Literature such as &uot;Romeo and Juliet&uot; is one thing that led her to a career

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in English. &uot;To be able to discuss ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with people of the same age as the characters, and them understanding it, that’s part of what I love about English,&uot; Fabricius said. &uot;It’s part of a thread that intertwines all of us.&uot;

Fabricius also pointed to haiku poetry as another love. Haiku is a form of poetry containing only 17 syllables, and Fabricius said she loved the ability of the form to capture a tremendous moment within those restricted requirements.

Fabricius began teaching at Selma High School in August 2002 while studying at Alabama State University for her master’s in education.

At the time she was still working with the Selma Youth Development Center, but had decided she was ready to focus on education. She gained her master’s this past August and now teaches two 10th-grade English classes and one 10th-grade honors literature class.

Fabricius said she didn’t have any specific plans for the future, except continuing to grow and challenge herself. &uot;But who knows,&uot; she said with a smile. &uot;Who knows where the wind will blow.&uot;