Amber Coburn came home to Franklin County Technical School this year.
The social studies teacher is a 2008 graduate of the school’s plumbing and heating program, and played field hockey and softball all four years here. A gifted athlete, Amber was a captain in her junior and senior years in both softball and field hockey. She won the Nancy Gifford award when she was a senior for softball and the coach's award in her junior year. As a field hockey player, she was a league all-star in her junior and senior years.
A native of Colrain, Amber is the daughter of Steve and Leah Coburn and the sister of FCTS graduates Mykala (2013) and Jake (2007), and current student Mackenzie, who will graduate next June.
Franklin County Tech was never far from Amber’s mind after she graduated and began to pursue her career as a teacher.
“I had a really good experience at this school, and being a graduate I think I have an understanding of the types of kids who come here.”
“I always wanted to come back here,” Amber said. “I had a really good experience at this school, and being a graduate I think I have an understanding of the types of kids who come here. I’m from a small town so I know how they’re growing up. Having an understanding of the kids makes my job a little easier.”
Along with her teaching duties, Amber is also coaching field hockey and hopes to coach softball is there is an opening in the future.
“I always knew I wanted to teach. I always loved school, so I wanted to incorporate that into my career.”
Following her graduation from FCTS, Amber attended the Massachusetts College for Liberal Arts in North Adams for two years, and then transferred to Westfield State University for her junior and senior years, earning a degree in history in 2012.
“I always knew I wanted to teach,” she said. “I always loved school, so I wanted to incorporate that into my career.”
Amber played softball her first three years of college, and was named to the MASCAC Honor Roll in 2009. She also played on an American International Sports Team in 2010, traveling to Prague in the Czech Republic to play softball with collegiate athletes from across the country.
“I always felt comfortable here. It felt like a very welcoming environment.”
Following her graduation from WSU, Amber took a job as a long term substitute teacher at Colrain Elementary School, and then became an 8th grade social studies teacher at Pioneer Valley Regional School.
Amber jumped at the chance to return to FCTS when her dream job opened up. She was happy to find out that all the great qualities that she remembered from her time as a student are still important parts of the school today.
“The school hasn’t changed at all,” Amber said. “I’m looking at it from a different position, but it’s very much the same. I always felt comfortable here. It felt like a very welcoming environment. It was very supportive of every decision I made.”
When she’s not teaching, Amber likes to participate in outdoor activities, including hiking, kayaking, and skiing.