Network Leadership & Design
Director of Content
Amanda is an educator who is passionate about improving outcomes for historically under-served students. She designs materials for professional learning at the district and school level as the Director of Content for Network 1.
As a first generation Azorean-American, Amanda's parents instilled in her the importance of education and its ability to create opportunities beyond what they were able to access. Always fortunate to have incredibly dedicated teachers, Amanda recognized the importance of educators willing and able to connect with her and her family, regardless of language barriers. This led to her core belief that it is essential for schools to make children and families know that they matter. Amanda feels an immense amount of gratitude to be able to support educators trying to make the same difference in the lives of students across the country that teachers made in her life.
Previously, Amanda coached instructional leaders in District of Columbia Public Schools as a Leadership Coach through LEAP, the partnership program with DCPS and Leading Educators. Before joining Leading Educators, Amanda was a special education teacher, English Language Arts instructional coach, and department chair at the middle school level in Washington, DC, for nine years.
Amanda holds a B.A. in Economics & Sociology from New York University & a MAT in Elementary Education from American University. Amanda is a recovering Washingtonian with a deep love for the 95 corridor but is currently city hopping in hopes of finding a new place to settle with her husband, Jason. She loves staying on top of the most current news and pop culture phenomena, road tripping while listening to podcasts, and finding the best places to visit in the new cities she passes through.
What Inspires Amanda: I am inspired by classrooms that exhibit a deep joy of learning, students who are excited about their newest books, and meeting people who are willing to learn, innovate, and take action on creating the best possible educational experiences for kids.
Fun Fact: I saw Stefani Germanotta perform at an NYU talent show when we were both college students before she was Lady Gaga.