Q & Amy is a place for the tough (and some not-so-tough) questions to be asked. It’s a place for reflection and thinking and wondering.  Most questions are about education, but some are about faith, family, and fun.


Why Q & Amy?

I vividly remember sitting in Coach Atkinson’s 8th grade social studies class over 25 years ago.  I was on the left side of the room near the windows. (Isn’t it funny the little things that you remember and the big things that you forget?) I raised my hand. When he called on me, I responded as I always did: “I have a question.” I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I know that day was the first time I realized I ask a lot of questions.

Fast forward about 10 years to my first teaching job. I had a great group of girlfriends who grew quite accustomed to me saying “I have a question” multiple times throughout the day.  At some point during those years, I dubbed myself the Question Queen.

A few years later when I took a job in administration, I met my new principal to talk. He spent the next 2 hours answering my 2 pages of questions!

Several years later I found myself in a new role but was my normal inquisitive self.  That was the first time anyone ever said to me, “You ask the best questions!” I’m not sure why, but I had always assumed my questions were annoying at best and downright rude at worst.  I suppose I’m my own worst critic.  (Aren’t we all?)

I question things constantly. Sometimes it’s great; other times not so much. I over-analyze everything, which often leads to frustration and anxiety. At other times, it leads to deeper understanding, to clarity, and to increased knowledge.

My hope is that this blog will enable me to process some of my questions. The title “Q & Amy” clearly reflects the purpose. The blog is about questions and Amy. No answers. Maybe you’ll have some answers for me, or maybe the questions don’t really have answers. Either way, it’s highly unlikely I’ll have any answers.  I just have questions. Lots of them.

So, why don’t we get started?

Who is Amy?

My name is Amy Ballard.  I live in the upstate of South Carolina with my husband and 2 children. I am passionate about  education and knew I wanted to be a teacher since the age of 4!  I have been an educator for over 17 years.  When I’m not asking questions, I enjoy reading, playing games with my family, and shopping.