Amie Gamble says she fell in love with science at an early age.
As a first-year student at the University of Rochester, Gamble recalls a turning point when she decided to pursue teaching. She experienced being taught by different instructors and realized not all of them were supportive towards their students.
“It was at that moment I decided to change the trajectory of my career path to teaching biology,” Gamble said. “I always led peer groups, always enjoyed explaining concepts. It was the right fit.”
She began teaching high school at the Bronx High School of Science. Although this was her segue into teaching, she realized she wanted to teach higher level science courses.
She earned both a master’s in biology from the City College of New York as well as a master’s in education from Pace University, before going to earn a doctorate of education from St. John’s University.
After graduating, Gamble taught at St. John Fisher College, Nazareth College and SUNY Erie County Community College.
She was drawn to Daemen for many reasons – one being its commitment to the recruitment and the retention of minority students, something she is very passionate about.
“My husband is Black, and we have two children, ages 2 and 3,” Gamble said. “My dissertation focused on the achievement gap between Black and white students. I looked at some inherent biases within advanced science courses that might factor into the persistence of this gap.”
She added, “Daemen has the HEOP and Vision for Success programs, as well as many other resources to provide that additional support students are lacking – especially minority students.”
Gamble said she also appreciates Daemen’s career focused-approach to education.
“It’s important, especially with the costs associated with college, to graduate with a purpose in mind,” she said.
She added, “I like the small size of the school, as well. I can interact individually with my students and build a relationship with them, and help them realize the sciences are attainable and accessible.”
Outside of Daemen, Gamble enjoys spending quality time with her husband, two children – and their adopted rescue pitbull, Lexi.