Amanda is dedicated to student-centered innovative practices. She believes school should empower teachers and students, push for social justice, and create a safe place for all people to take risks, discover their passions, and grow continually. She currently serves on the Exploris Leadership Team, after teaching in elementary classrooms for 13 years. Amanda is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and the Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers. She holds a masters degree from Western Carolina University and is Nationally Board Certified as a Middle Childhood Generalist. Amanda has 3 kids at home, is a massive book nerd, and sings with the Oak City Voices.