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    Getting to know Mrs. Amanda

           Family2016

    My full name is Amanda Sanders, but of course, the kids call me Mrs. Amanda.
     
    I've been married to Shane 15 years. We have a daughter, Emmaline, and son, Avery. Emmaline is 11 and is in the 5th grade. Avery is 7 and in First Grade. We also have a 15 year old, 6lb, Peek-A-Poo named Abby and just adopted two kittens, Stella & Luna named after one of my favorite books "StellaLuna".
     
    I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education in the fall of 2003. Since then, I have taught Pre-K and Reading Recovery in the Effingham county school system. I went back to school to earn my ESOL endorsement in 2013 and learned a lot of valuable things in those courses that I hope will make me a better teacher. I have been in awe with how a child's mind works since watching my daughter learn to read. This was one of the many reasons for me to change my focus into Reading Recovery. However I began to miss the hustle and bustle of the classroom. I hope to apply all I have learned as a reading specialist to how I teach little ones to read. This will be my 11th year at Sand Hill Elementary and I am excited to be in First Grade. Sand Hill has become my family and I love it!
     
    I am so excited to be a part of your child's learning. If there is anything I can do to help you or your child more, please let me know. And as always, you are welcome in my classroom anytime to take part in your child's learning.
     
    Credentials & Professional Learning:
     
    Armstrong Atlantic State University, BS in Early Childhood Education, 2003
    High/Scope Curriculum Training, BFTS, 2004
    Best Practices Literacy, 2005
    Georgia Pre-K Work Sample Assessment Training, 2006
    Essentials of Co-Teaching, C. Knight, 2007
    Best Practices Behavior Management (Conscience Discipline),  2007
    American Heart Association CPR/First Aid Certified, M.Cornell, 2008
    Developmental Handwriting Steps, M.Hawkins, 2008
    Best Practices Strategies For Students With Special Needs (BFTS), 2009
    Planning Meaningful Instruction (BFTS), 2010
    ESOL Endorsement , 2012-2013
    Reading Recovery, 2014-present