Amy Lynn Tompkins


New York

Amy Lynn Tompkins

Covering Hudson Valley Food


Principal Hotline: “I Don’t Want My Kid In the Same Classroom With That Child”

I have a seven-year-old second grade girl in my school who has autism. She is also smart and creative. She adds joy and intelligence to her class 70 percent of the time. However, at least twice a week, she also loses control—yelling at teachers and her peers, tearing charts off the walls and knocking chairs.
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Only The Essentials

The real cost of being sick when you’re part of the working poor. When I received my new insurance card in January, I was excited. In a standard set by “Friends,” I could start catching on fire again! Then I saw the giant book full of rules about how and when and where and why I may use my insurance.
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Choosing compassion

Recently, I heard on the radio a TSA employee confiscated a five-year-old’s Buzz Lightyear toy and threw it in the garbage as the child and his father passed through airport security because the toy was a “gun.”. Working with children and growing up in the wake of events like Columbine and 9/11, I’ve watched moments such as that one time and again, when adults enforce rules strictly and without consideration of circumstance.
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Amy Lynn Tompkins

Amy is a freelance writer and photographer living in the Hudson Valley. She currently pens Principal's Hotline (an advice column for administrators) at School Leaders Now and has been published by The Billfold, Living City Magazine, and In The Mesh. She was employed as a staff reporter by in 2013.

She has a bachelor of arts in liberal studies with concentrations in English, business, and psychology from Marist College, as well as an associate of applied sciences in paralegal studies from SUNY Dutchess. She studied Music Education at SUNY Fredonia School of Music.

She is continuing her education, studying journalism at SUNY New Paltz.

Her interests are indie music, education, social responsibility, great stories about strong women and her over-sized cat.



  • web management
  • content marketing
  • content writing
  • special education
  • Music
  • Entertainment
  • Education
  • Advice
  • Copy Editing
  • Copy Writing
  • Editing
  • Personal Essay Writing
  • Research
  • Podcasting