Amy Gallagher touched people her entire life
December 5, 2007
I was Amy’s English teacher at University High School in Orlando, Fla.
She was a bright star in the AP Language and Composition course I taught. She was a bright star as an athlete. She was a constellation all her own and a wonderful human being. Just a treasured gift from the Almighty.
I received a phone call from the office today ” in the middle of teaching a class ” and I was informed of Amy’s death.
There were no details at that time ” just that she was gone. I felt like the Earth must be weeping. Every face in my classroom became Amy’s face.
We were good friends. We both loved the outdoors. She loved to go surfing “off hours.” She loved literature and writing. She was an accomplished writer whose papers I either read first (in order to set the standard for the class) or last (in order to save the best for my “dessert”).
I was honored to have been called her teacher and friend. She was active in SGA and in so many school events. My husband and I also attended most of the school events and when Amy would see us in the stands, she’d race up the stadium rows and hug us both.
Amy loved life and people. She loved her family with her whole heart. I cannot believe that her footsteps will not touch the Earth again. My heart aches for her family and for her students who know, as I know, what a rare and priceless gift Amy was to all of us.
May God be generous in consoling all of us who will always miss her.