Graduate Research Assistant, MES Program
The Evergreen State College
Amanda grew up in Seattle as a “free range kid” in the urban outdoors, roaming the city looking for secret hiding places. During the summers, she would camp in the Cascades with her mom and sister, or spend weeks in the San Juan Islands at Camp Orkila. She earned a BS in Environmental Science at UW in 2003, a Master in Teaching from UW in 2011, and a Certificate in Wetland Science and Management from UW in 2015. She loves finding creative ways to combine her interests and abilities.
Teaching is among Amanda’s passions. She has taught in some capacity for most of her adult life. Her favorite jobs have both been with Pacific Science Center, first as an Outreach Educator travelling around Washington State with the Science on Wheels program, and later co-leading Polliwog Preschool, the nature-based preschool at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. She has also taught in public and private schools and childcare centers, and occasionally substitute teaches around the Olympia area.
Amanda moved to Olympia in 2016 to pursue a Master of Environmental Studies at Evergreen. Amanda works for SPP as a coordinator on the Emergent Vegetated Mats project, growing wetland plants in coir mats that will be used to enhance Oregon Spotted Frog habitat. Through SPP, Amanda engages in wetlands research and adult education, activities which help satisfy her reasons for returning to school.