Father: John Locke Herrick (38)
Mother: Norma Jean (Coffin)
Amy was born in Dunedin, Florida and was brought up in Oldsmar, Florida. She was a very good little one, never needing much correction, always wanting to do the right thing. She loved to hop up in my lap and do math problems. It was a game we played every night after I came home from work. She knew her addition, subtraction, multiplication tables up to 9, and was starting division...all before starting grade school! Her teachers did not know what to do with such a precocious child. She did very well in school, she even taught her classmates how to do algebra!
She completed her bachelors degree in speech pathology at Florida State University (with straight A's!) and completed her masters degree in speech pathology at Vanderbilt. After graduating from Vanderbilt she was a teacher in the 'Kennedy Krieger Institute Center for Autism and Related Disorders'. As Bill Davis told it in his book "Breaking Autism's Barriers" (www.jkp.com), Amy was his favorite teacher for his son Chris: "Such a professional staff!....Amy, Chris's teacher, dissects the songs with sign language and pictures so that the words have meaning.....She knows each child's individual quirks. What more could you ask?" Such wonderful high praise from Bill. All the more special since in the rest of the book, Bill thinks so little of all the people who otherwise were educating his son!
She married her classmate Darren Baker December 30, 1995 and is currently (2017) in the Kirkland, Washington State area with her husband and my granddaughter Sarah Grace. She continues to work as a speech therapist in early intervention working with infants/toddlers aged birth-3 years old.
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