Was Amanda born to teach? She didn't think so. While her mother was a college professor, she wanted to carve her own path in life. Instead, she chose to pursue the sciences. Different enough, right? Since, though, she also had a passion for writing (she won her first writing competition at the tender age of 7!), she decided to work at her college's writing center. It was only then that fate found her. She discovered that she truly enjoyed helping students grow and become more confident in their skills. She had found her calling.
As a lover of science, Amanda enjoys finding answers to the "whys" and "hows" of life. For instance, how can you quantify gravity, and why do we experience gravity on earth the way we do? She finds those questions fascinating. (She can also now explain that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...) Along those lines, she also greatly enjoys math since it is a powerful tool for understanding, quantifying, and describing scientific phenomena.
Amanda started off on a journey through the SATs which helped earn her a merit scholarship for college. She started studying chemistry, then quickly found physics to be her true passion. Insatiably, Amanda then pursued several graduate degrees all in physics. Amanda enjoys taking a thorough, step-by-step approach with her students, connecting concepts in theory to the real world. She also enjoys working with students of all academic abilities to assist them in building on their foundational knowledge to achieve the best performance they can.
BS, MS, and PhD in Physics