Amanda grew up on a farm in Lee County, Alabama. This is where she developed her love for all animals, both large and small. Since science wasn’t her strength in high school, she decided to pursue business. After high school, she graduated from Southern Union Community College with an Associates of Science in Business Administration degree. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Business Administration. She received her Master’s in Business Administration from Troy University.
Amanda worked 15 years in various business professions, both for-profit and non-profit. After moving from Tennessee to Georgia and learning of a teacher shortage in the state during 1999-2001, she decided to change careers and enter the world of teaching. She taught for fourteen years in Coweta and Carroll County, Georgia. She taught various subjects to middle school, high school, and college students. She received her EdS. Degree in Workforce Education from the University of Georgia and was named the 2011 Teacher of the Year in her high school.
Upon leaving her career in teaching, it only took Amanda three short months to realize retirement was not for her. She began volunteering with her local Humane Society. This experience rekindled her passion for animals. After 5 years of volunteering, Amanda realized this was truly her passion. Although still unsure about science classes, she wanted to take her desire to help animals to the next level and enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at Jefferson State. Amanda just recently completed her Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology from Jefferson State Community College and is now a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She loves her new career and looks forward to what each day brings at Animal Medical Center.