A Masters student in the Education Policy and Planning program, Amanda is originally from Pennsylvania, where she earned her B.A. in Environmental Writing and Visual Arts: Studio Art from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to relocating to Austin, Amanda spent four years in New York City working in retail, public gardening, and global grassroots LGBTQI advocacy.
Building on her experience attending a women's college, Amanda is passionate about how identity, diversity, and inclusion factor into student learning experiences. Her wide-ranging interests include, but are not limited to: the disconnect between policy and practice, student-to-teacher ratios and their effect on student engagement, education in Appalachia, experiential learning, curriculum standards, and the development of high-quality instructional materials.
Currently the Policy and Support Specialist in the Department of Standards and Support Services at the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Amanda supports the Associate Commissioner and the State Board of Education and assists with rulemaking and legislative activities within the Office of School Programs.