"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."

Thich Nhat Hanh

Regional Learning Coordinator, Northeast Region

Amy Montoya, BS, started her CWTS journey in July 2017 as the regional learning coordinator at the Northeast Regional Training Center. Amy is passionate about helping caseworkers transfer their learning to their practice using a solution-focused, strength-based, culturally inclusive approach.

Amy earned her bachelor’s in human development and family studies with a minor in anatomy and neurobiology at Colorado State University. She began her child welfare practice in 1997 through CASA as an assistant director of Harmony House visitation center. In 2002, Amy transitioned to the Larimer County Department of Human Services in the Children, Youth and Families Division. In her 15 years with Larimer County, she held many positions, from case aide to parent education facilitator, from ongoing to HRA intake to FAR intake. Most notably, in her last five years she was a practice coach for the agency, supporting new caseworkers with transfer of learning from the classroom to their daily work as well as supporting veteran staff with deepening their practice. In addition, Amy was a part of the Colorado Differential Response rollout and statewide training. She is a two-time presenter at the Kempe Center National Conference on Differential Response in Child Welfare.

In Amy’s downtime, you will likely find her near water—if not on her boat then in the ocean scuba diving. She can also be found tending her vegetable garden or in her kitchen creating culinary masterpieces that she will likely be the only one eating, as her sons and husband are not as adventurous eaters as she. Amy is a great listener and wants to support all around her to be their best.


Amy.Montoya@ucdenver.edu