Amanda's Bio

I have been teaching science for over 10 years now and am very happy doing so. I attended college first at the University of California San Diego and then moved to the University of Arizona. I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a Masters Degree in Public Health – Epidemiology. I hold National Board Certification in Adolescent and Young Adulthood (AYA) Biology Education, and endorsements in gifted education and structured English immersion (SEI).

I currently teach Biology and Anatomy & Physiology in my role as Residential Faculty in the Biosciences Department at Phoenix College. I am also the Principal Investigator on our S-STEM grant and oversee our Undergraduate Research Program. I believe that the scientific process of finding answers is a critical part of education and in addition to helping people reach academic success a solid understanding of this process helps students to make positive life choices.

I live in Arizona with my husband, three daughters, one son, and the family dog. My older daughters both participate in piano, lyrical jazz, ballet, and horseback riding, so I spend much of my time getting them to and from lessons. However, in our free time we enjoy gardening and playing in the Pacific Ocean.

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.”
-- Albert Einstein

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it's the courage to continue that counts.”
-Churchill

“But the ground of a man's culture lies in his nature, not in his calling. His powers are to be unfolded on account of their inherent dignity, not their outward direction. He is to be educated, because he is a man, not because he is to make shoes, nail, or pins.” -William Channing

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