Amanda Williams ’07 (Boulder, Colo.) used her Biology degree as a stepping stone to graduate studies and a new passion for education.
After graduating from York College, she traveled to the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) to complete a master’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Upon the completion of her master’s in Fall 2011, she began teaching General Biology in a student-centered, multicultural learning program at CU-Boulder.
“I didn’t always want to teach,” she said. “However, now it is a passion of mine!”
Amanda, now a doctoral student at CU-Boulder, also received the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) GK-12 teaching grant. She visits two classrooms a week bringing science, math and student-based learning into the classroom.
“I visit local primary schools that historically do poorly on standardized testing in the math and sciences,” said Amanda.
Other accomplishments Amanda has achieved in her career include publishing her first manuscript in Animal Behaviour in April 2012 and receiving two CU-Boulder Excellence in Teaching awards in 2010 and 2011.
Amanda still reminisces about her field trips in Marine Biology class at York College with Jessica Nolan, Ph.D., an associate professor of Biology at York College. She enjoyed visiting the Chesapeake Bay and catching sea life so much she almost considered marine biology as a possible career.
“Spend some time considering your future,” Amanda advised current students. “Once you discover your interests and passions, and act on them, the sooner you can begin moving forward.”
By Brittany Ryan '13, Office of Communications intern
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