Amanda is a Spanish teacher at a private school in NW D.C. She has her bachelor’s degree in Adolescent Spanish Education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She is from Upstate, NY and has lived in D.C. for about a year and a half. Since starting her career, Amanda has begun working on her master’s degree from La Universidad de Salamanca over the summers in Salamanca, Spain, which she will complete in 2018. Amanda began speaking Spanish at the age of eight and started her formal education with the language in the fifth grade. Upon being introduced to the language at a young age, she knew that it would be an important piece of the rest of her life. 

In her undergraduate career, Amanda studied abroad three different times. She completed El Camino in Santiago in Spain as her first study abroad and then studied at La Universidad de Alicante, Spain for a summer on a homestay. She later had the opportunity to study in Costa Rica, where she was able to complete research on sustainability and ecotourism. Amanda first discovered her passion for education in her freshman year of college when she realized that her teachers were the most formative influences in her life. At this time, she decided that she wanted to enrich the lives of her own students in much the same way. Not only is she passionate about education, she is passionate and enthusiastic about the Spanish language culture and wants to spread that to her students.

When Amanda is not teaching, tutoring, or working on her master’s thesis, she can be found snowboarding and traveling. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, reading, and exploring all that D.C. has to offer.