Meet Guest Blogger Amy Miller O’Toole

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In the coming weeks, we’ll be introducing you to several Vermonters who are going to be sharing what it’s like to live, work and play in Vermont. We selected these bloggers to represent a variety of ages, occupations, interests and in what part of the state they live. We’re still looking for a few more bloggers, so get in touch if you’re interested!

Meet Amy Miller O’Toole, an educator and runner:

In the coming weeks, we’ll be introducing you to several Vermonters who are going to be sharing what it’s like to live, work and play in Vermont. We selected these bloggers to represent a variety of ages, occupations, locations and interests. We’re still looking for a few more bloggers, so get in touch if you’re interested!

Meet Amy Miller O’Toole, an educator and runner:

Well hello! My name is Amy Miller O’Toole. I will be 40 years old soon (along with my twin sister, who is especially dreading the big 40). I have lived in Vermont for more than 15 years. I was born in Davenport, Iowa, I have lived in Portland, Ore., and I moved to Vermont from Rock Island, Ill. The short story of why I moved to Vermont is a boy, a house and a desire to really learn how to ski. Sometimes my family members who live in Sacramento, Calif. and Seattle think I am crazy for living in Vermont, but I think they are crazy for not living here.

Since living in Vermont I have married and had a child and earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Johnson State College. I have learned how to ski, played women’s soccer and started running. I have worked at Stowe Mountain Resort, Clearwater Sports, and finally started my career as an educator at Lamoille Union High School. I have worked as a special educator at LUHS for more than eight years. It is a job with rewards and sometimes exhaustion. Really I just try to make high school more fun for the students because I didn’t particularly like high school.

I live in Hyde Park Village and have the world’s shortest commute. Sometimes we can’t even listen to one song on our commute. We have been a one-car family for about five years. Students often ask if it is because we couldn’t afford a second car. I laughed and say no, it is environmental mostly. I commute with my daughter (a freshman) and my husband, who is also a special educator at the high school. And no, my husband and I enjoy working together and have for over five years. I guess we really like each other.

A little over three years ago, I looked down at myself and wondered what had become of my athleticism. At one point I had been a state champion cyclist in the road race and criterium. I wanted to reclaim some of that early glory. So I decided I had to get off the couch and do something. The easiest and least gear-centric thing to do was dust off an old pair of running shoes put on a pair of soccer shorts and try to run. That is where my current adventure started and continues to this day. I have completed four marathons and countless halfs, and 5ks, as well as myriad other distances. I’ll be writing about my running endeavors here, and I hope my story inspires more people to get out there!

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