Amanda started down the road of becoming a professional educator in fifth grade when she was selected by her teacher for the school’s Kindergarten Reading Buddy Program. She became instantly enamored with her tiny, hilarious buddy and with the joy that comes from helping others to learn. She earned her BA in Religious Studies from the University of Michigan, where she studied religion, mainly Buddhism, because she simply couldn’t decide between what she saw as competing disciplines: English, Philosophy, Art History, Political Science, and Anthropology. Amanda also holds an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and she received a Summer Institute Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to advance her study of the Himalayas. It is probably no surprise that as an educator, Amanda continues to prefer variety. Amanda currently is the religion department chair of a private school in the Boston area, and over the years she has taught courses that span across the humanities and different age groups.
When tutoring one-on-one, Amanda’s goals are to spark confidence in her students by learning about their unique ambitions, talents and areas for growth. Amanda is a capable organizational coach who has supported students with diagnosed learning differences as well as those who could use a study skills refresher or some extra support. In addition to organizational tutoring, Amanda has years of experience as a writing instructor. Through conferencing and workshopping, she helps students in every stage of the writing process. Amanda is able to provide writing support with traditional assignments like research papers and analytical essays, as well as creative and personal writing. She has read, and provided assistance with, hundreds of college admissions essays.
Her passion for the outdoors and the arts provide ample opportunities for fun and adventure in her free time. She especially enjoys adventures with her young pup Tashi. In her spare time, Amanda also volunteers for the admissions office at Harvard Graduate School of Education.