Amanda earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in English Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. For five years she taught English for grades 9-12 at Leopold High School. She has been with the Excel Center since 2018 teaching English, social studies, and dual credit courses. She has also been an officer and active member of the Southeast Missouri English Teachers Association since 2014 and has led various panels and roundtables on techniques of teaching English. She reads fiction submissions at The Big Muddy journal and is a guest editor at The Cape Rock journal. She also writes her own fiction and poetry and has 18 publications in various journals.