Amy Anderson - Faculty Mentor | Thomas Nelson Community College

Amy Anderson - Faculty Mentor

What is your teaching discipline?

Paralegal/ Legal Studies

What brought you to the area?


What is your teaching philosophy?

Incorporating practical discussions about the day-to-day practice of law, whether regarding marketing, client interaction, ethics, business operations, networking, community involvement, or stress management, is an important part of every course I teach, regardless of its substantive focus. I strive to challenge students to grow in their understanding of the law and to add tools to their "legal skills toolbox" while also maintaining a compassionate view to how their daily lives of work and family impact their studies. Whether locating internships and jobs, coaching more in-depth development of concepts covered in class, encouraging self-care, or recommending steps to take on a particular educational or career path, I truly enjoy working with students at the outset of their journeys to becoming legal professionals and engaged citizens, and make myself available to them both in class and out.

What do you hope your students take away from your courses?

I hope every student walks away from my courses feeling they've learned not only some new concepts about the law, but about how those concepts and tools can be applied in a very practical way to their own lives. Even greater, is my hope that students take their knowledge, which leads to increased awareness and empowerment, and utilize it to serve and better their families and communities. I would love for any of student to be able to say that while they were in one of my courses that they felt that they were seen and recognized as a person of worth.

What do you like to do on the weekends?

Learn. What can I say? I'm a knowledge junkie...a total geek when it comes to wanting to go deeper in the things that interest me in whatever current phase I'm in :) Might be reading, watching movies or documentaries, attending training workshops... might be deep conversations with others, exploring thoughts and ideas through colored pencils on paper or yarn on needles, deep contemplation or meditation, time on the yoga mat twisting into metaphysical concepts... it depends! I adore people--individuals, languages, and cultures are so fascinating to me, that said, I'm a huge introvert who needs plenty of "Amy time" to process all of that information and energy.

What is the most memorable place you have traveled to?

It's hard to choose between Japan and Ireland here...I'm hoping not only to return to these places, but to travel to many others still: the Orkney Islands and Scotland; the Cathedral of Chartres; British Columbia; New Mexico & Arizona; Prince Edward Island; northern Italy; New Zealand...

What is in your refrigerator right now?

A distinct need to go grocery shopping...

What makes you laugh out loud?

Seeing delight, both in myself and especially in others

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Becoming a yoga instructor, first by completing 200 hours of yoga teacher training in 2015, and later completing an additional 100-hour training in Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans with PTSD. I'm hoping to become an RYT-500 by completing an additional 200 hours of specialization, to include adaptive yoga and working with people who have been impacted by trauma, chronic pain, or injury, whether spiritual, emotional, or physical.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Now that I have moved into a house with a room where one wall is built-in bookshelves... I have to say buying up as many books as I like!

Who is your hero?

Wow--that's a long list that includes everyone from Wonder Woman and Harriet Tubman, to my daughter, my yoga teachers in the MYT program, and my boss Prof. Coffey! :) So many, many, many heroes and heroines out there!