Groves Elementary teacher leaves a legacy to inspire her students
Amy Woodeshick was a the type of teacher who believes books are powerful and aspired to make a positive impact in her students’ lives.
Woodeshick, a fourth-grade teacher at Groves Elementary in Atascocita, died on May 3 around 8:30 p.m. on the 4500 block of Kingwood Drive. She hit a downed tree due to the heavy storms that occurred that day. She was 25 years old.
The young educator joined Humble ISD in 2017 as sixth-grade english teacher at Humble Middle School. She shifted to becoming a fourth-grade reading and language arts teacher at Groves Elementary this year.
Woodeshick went to Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball and then graduated from the University of Houston.
Groves Elementary Principal Brian Peters remembers Woodeshick as a woman who is strong in her faith and dedicated to her students, wanting to be the very best that she can be.
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Peters said if God were to create a perfect example of a teacher it would be Woodeshick.
“Amy was passionate about teaching beyond the walls of her classroom,” Peters said. “As a teacher, she’s all in.”
Counselors were available at Groves for students and staff needing support.
Peters said Woodeshick would always go by the word “inspire.” The word was in her Twitter handle and cover photo. She would always think of ways she could inspire her students.
Peters remember her as always being optimistic and coming to school every day with a smile.
“Amy was passionate about writing. She loved to write herself and she loved to teach writing,” Peters said.
One thing that stood out about Woodeshick was her love for alpacas. Several alpaca-based stuffed animals were brought to Groves Elementary on Monday as a way to remember the young and dedicated educator.
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“She had this thing for alpacas, and there were several alpacas that were brought in today in her honor,” Peters said. “The kids were kind of talking about ways to remember, and I’m sure we’re going to have to steer them away from this idea of ‘let’s adopt an alpaca, and let’s have it in the back of the school.’”
Her students would describe her as a fun, passionate and caring teacher, he said. Peters said she would attend her students’ events outside of school to show them her thoughts for them extended past the classroom.
“Amy loved all of her students. She loved all of the staff. She was very caring of everybody, and I think if there’s a message that she would want to leave for all of us is let’s care for each other and let’s live each day to the fullest,” Peters said.
A memorial service will be held for Woodeshick on May 11 at Second Baptist Church in Kingwood.