Amanda grew up in California and moved to the south in college. She received her undergraduate degree in Child Studies and Early Childhood Special Education from Vanderbilt. She moved to Durham in 2007 and completed her M.A. in Early Childhood Intervention and Literacy at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009. Amanda has taught in public school preschool classrooms for children with autism as well as served on the preschool assessment team for Durham Public Schools. She has also worked on research projects focusing on early childhood intervention. She has her Birth-Kindergarten teaching license in North Carolina.
Amanda and her husband, Andrew, have two children and live in Durham. Amanda previously coordinated the Let’s Be Friends playgroup for children with and without special needs at the Bible Church. She is passionate about play-based education and inclusive settings for children with special needs. She believes it is a privilege to be part of the lives of children and their families during such an important time of growth and learning about the world God has created and the community we live in.