The Snell family has a long history of supporting the Buford Green and Gold. Their twin daughters attended Buford from kindergarten through 12th grade and both Amy and David are teachers.
David is in his 29th year of teaching and coaching, and 24 of those years have been at Buford. He teaches a class called Teaching as a Profession Pathway to grades 9 through 11 and also coaches football and track and field. "I was able to coach my twin girls in track while they were in school. That was a huge highlight," he says.
Amy started her career in banking as a loan officer and branch office manager. After her girls were born, she took some time to stay home with them. Once they started kindergarten, she enrolled at the University of North Georgia to get her Master's Degree in Middle Grades Math Education. Amy shared, "I wanted to be on the same schedule as the other three members of our household. I'm very happy with my decision!" In 2020 she obtained an Educational Specialist degree from Georgia College & State University and she's currently in her 13th year of teaching. "I enjoy the relationships with both students and co-workers, and I love being able to make a positive impact on the next generation," she says.
The Snells have lived in Sterling on the Lake for 18 years. Caroline and Callie graduated in 2021 and now attend Auburn University. "Our daughters had great experiences in academics, athletics, and the arts throughout their years in Buford City Schools," Amy explains. Together they earned 43 letters in high school -- four academic letters each, three arts letters each, and fourteen (Callie) and fifteen (Caroline) athletic letters. The Snells thoroughly loved their years of watching sideline and competition cheer, varsity gymnastics, track and field, and dance performances, and even though their girls aren't at the school anymore, they love attending any event held in Buford. "Our family truly bleeds green and gold!"
With more than 40 years of collective teaching experience, they have advice for anyone looking to get into the profession. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” says David. “Teachers need lots of patience, grit, and humor.” Over the years, Amy has learned the value of classroom management skills. She says they are just as important as the ability to communicate and teach the curriculum. Amy highly recommends gaining experience inside a classroom over a period of time before making a decision to become a teacher.