everyone! My name is Amber Finan. I am a
special education teacher and I 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
I 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
four years later we moved back to my parent’s hometown, Sullivan County,
Pa. Sullivan 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.
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 I 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.
At the 4-H District Horse Show in 1996, our hard work
had finally paid off. I won 1st
place in the Sr. English Grooming & Showmanship, and received two 2nd
places finishes in Sr. English Equitation and Sr. English Under
Saddle. I was ecstatic! Placing at Districts was a very hard thing to
do. The 1st place finish sent
me on to the 4-H State Horse Show in Harrisburg
at the Farm Show Complex. There I went
on to place 6th in Sr. English Grooming & Showmanship! I never dreamed of making it to States, let
alone a placing there.
Peabody now is retired at my uncle's farm in Forskville, Pa. I
wonder if Peabody
misses showing and winning as much as I do?
On June 6, 1999, I graduated from Sullivan County High School. It was the best feeling in the world! My plans for the future were to attend Mansfield University in the Fall and major in Special Education. The town of Mansfield
is similar to Sullivan
County in that they are
both small. I have grown to love Mansfield and am proud to
say that I went there.
The summer before I was going to enter college, my
Aunt took me to Germany. We spent 7 days in Germany
and 3 in Holland.
It was very exciting. I had never flown
in an airplane; especially, I had never even left the county. We went with friends, one of which was
getting married in Germany. The
wedding was at an extraordinary castle called Burghotel Colmberg over looking the town of Colmburg. It was truly a magnificent experience.
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!
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.