There are several things that most people learn about me within the first few minutes of meeting me. My name is Amanda, I’m originally from San Antonio, Texas, I’m an educator, and I never imagined Kansas would someday be home. But, here I am - living in Overland Park sharing life with my husband, raising our daughter, and enjoying all the city has to offer. I attended Wellesley College outside of Boston where I majored in Spanish and Sociology. Upon graduation and at the urging of my mom, also an educator, I took a job as a 5th grade bilingual teacher in Austin, TX before eventually returning to Boston. I spent six years working as an English Immersion teacher in Chelsea, MA while completing an M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Boston University. Fate would bring me to Kansas City where I would earn an Ed.D. from University of Kansas in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. While working on the doctorate I met a man from Olathe, fell in love, got married, got pregnant, and had a baby. We have lived in Overland Park for six years and I currently serve as the director of the El Centro Academy for Children, a Spanish/English dual-language preschool in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Civic engagement and volunteer work have always been important to me.

  • Current member of the Johnson County Library Foundation Board, Latina Giving Circle of Kansas City steering committee
  • Recently appointed to the Overland Park CDBG Advisory Committee.
  • Completed Kansas Leadership Center courses and contributed to their magazine, The Journal
  • Volunteered as hotline advocate at agency delivering solutions to ending domestic violence and dating violence
  • Former member of Rosedale Development Association
  • Served as co-secretary of the Wellesley Alumnae Association Class Executive Board