everyone! My name is Amber Finan.
I am a special education teacher and love what I do!
Read on - and discover how I made it this far.
father, Michael Finan, married my mother, Tammy Frantz, on October 4, 1980.
They attended the same high school and both graduated from the class of
1979 at the Sullivan County High School, in Laporte, Pa.
My father entered the Air Force, and him and my mother moved to Rome,
New York to live on the Griffiss
Air Force Base while my father was in the military.
was born in Rome, NY, on March 26, 1981. Next
came the arrival of my brother, Vincent, on August 18, 1983.
My family, now a total of four people, lived in New York for the remainder of my
father's military career.
four years later we moved back to my parents hometown, Sullivan County, Pa.
County is located in Northeastern, Pennsylvania, nestled in the Endless
Mountains. With only one red
light and 14 people per square, Sullivan County is a small, bright community,
perfect to raise a family in.
parents bought a cute, tan, ranch-style house on Carpenter Street in Dushore.
It was at this house that I learned to ride a bike, waited at my first
bus stop, made my first best friend, and began to torment my younger brother.
We had a large back yard and a full basement to play in.
Friends were within minutes away. We
had cable TV and a grocery store just down the street!
It was the best house to grow up in.
1990, my parents began plans to build their dream home.
This home was to be away from traffic and neighbors, but close to
4-wheelers and wildlife. With
this new home, my brother and I had to change schools (there are two
elementary schools and one high school in Sullivan County). We had to change
elementary schools and make new friends.
I was in the 5th grade and he was in the 2nd
grade. Our parents assured us
that we would be reunited with our old friends once we reached high school
(both elementary schools will go to the one high school in 7th
grade). However, Vinny and I were
not so sure.
parents were right. My brother
and I made friends and began to become accustomed to our house in the
boondocks (Nordmont, Pa). We could finally get a dog, my brother was able to
get 4-wheeller and such, while I was able to get a HORSE!
I joined the Horse and Pony 4-H Club in 6th grade and soon
got my first horse, Lucky. My
father put up fencing and a stall, and was soon in business.
However, one horse, everyone knows, is not enough.
We brought Mr. Peabody about 3 years later.
Mr. Peabody became my pride and joy.
I took riding lessons, we bought a horse trailer, and soon I was ready
for my first horse show.
1996 4-H Districts
1999 SCHS Graduation
The wedding was at an extraordinary castle called Burghotel Colmberg over looking the town of Colmburg. It was truly a magnificent experience.
During the summer between my junior and senior year at Mansfield University, my best friend and I studied abroad in Cork, Ireland. While attending University College Cork we attained 3 credits in Irish history and 3 credits in Irish Literature. It was hard to stay focused on writing papers and studying for exams while being in such an astonishing place. I will forever treasure this experience and am grateful that I had the opportunity to do so!
On May 5, 2003, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mansfield University with BSE and a dual certification in Elementary and Special Education. It was a bitter-sweet day, filled with emotions of sadness, excitement, joy, and fear. For the past four years I was comfortable and happy with my friends in little ol’ Mansfield. However, I was ready to start my life of teaching – excited to hopefully find a teaching job.