Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
School: VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA-PM, MINNEAPOLIS MN
I am a Chemistry and Biology teacher in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have been teaching for seven years, and I love it! Teaching is an incredibly rewarding career, and I am a big proponent of using technology in the classroom. I have spent all of my teaching career working with ESL and at risk youth. I really strive to help my students fall in love with science, and I do a lot of hands on activities and labs to help my students understand content. As a visual learner, I am also a big fan of drawings and diagrams, so my walls are constantly covered with posters and student work.
In my spare time, I just love learning about anything related to science! I spend a lot of time reading journal articles and nonfiction science books. I also have a minor in Fine Arts, so I teach an art class and do some of my own artwork in my free time. I have a three year old daughter who also loves science, and we spend a lot of time looking for cool new bugs and learning about plants and animals.
Hey everyone! I am Amanda and I am a biology content author and learning coach for Sophia. I have developed content for the middle and high school pathways as well as for the human biology college credit course. I absolutely love working with such a great company! I graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2007 with a degree in Secondary Science Education. Prior to graduation I lived in Costa Rica for the summer doing research on dolphins! I taught middle school science for a few years after graduation and then took my teaching expertise to China to teach English for six months. After my arrival home from China I began working with Sophia in the fall of 2011. I enjoy all things science related especially environmental sciences and genetics. In my free time I love traveling! I also enjoy being outdoors, reading and spending time with family and friends. Life is good :)
For the past 20 years, I have been engaged as an educational researcher, evaluator and professor of educational policy. Areas of expertise include education reform, policy implementation and effectiveness, post-secondary attainment and socio-economic disadvantage. My publications address the social institutions and policies designed to promote educational advancement for students, especially the socially disadvantaged. Teaching and research associations over the past 20 years include the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota and Stanford University. I hold a Ph. D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Lawrence University.