Mustangs Welcome New Reading Interventionist

September 9, 2015, 2015 (Independence, IA) – The Independence Community School District (ICSD) is pleased to welcome Amy Copenhaver as a Reading Interventionist for both Preschool students at the Early Education Center and for 4th and 5th grade students at West Elementary.

Copenhaver is a 1997 graduate from Independence High School where she was actively involved with band and choir. After graduating, Amy attended Luther College, where she received her BA in Elementary Education. Since graduating in 2001, Amy has added multiple reading and music endorsements to her degree.

Mrs. Copenhaver taught 1st-5th grades at St. John’s from 2001-2008.
She then moved on and became a substitute teacher in the
Independence Community School District for 5 years.

Amy and her husband Steve currently live on a farm just outside of Independence where they farm and raise hogs. They have three children;
Nate, 11, 6th grade; Drew, 6, 1st grade and Ben, 4 who will be in 4 year old preschool.

Mrs. Copenhaver keeps busy on the farm, enjoys reading and is actively involved in her church. She plays the organ and directs the children’s choir. She is also President of the Ladies Musical Society.

Amy states, “I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, and my sister and I used to play school when we were young.  My grandma was a Title 1 teacher at East Buchanan for 29 years, and my aunt has worked in ESCE for almost 30 years.  As a sub for area districts, I’ve found something to appreciate about kids at each age.  I enjoy working with kids in small groups, and am excited to get to work with a wide age range of students at familiar places and with familiar faces.”

With Copenhaver’s goal to inspire her students to be life-long learners, she will be an effective leader in moving the ICSD into a new era. Feel free to contact the Amy at   or by calling 319.334-7400.


Amy Copenhaver Reading Interventionist


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