Amanda Zimmerman ‘06 (York, Pa.) attributes much of her current success to the many outstanding professors she studied with at York College.
With dual degrees in Spanish and secondary education English, Amanda went on to become a Spanish teacher at Northeastern High School in Manchester, Pa., where she also serves as a curriculum council member, National Spanish Honor Society advisor and chair of world languages, among other roles.
Amanda is currently in the planning stages of creating an Advanced Placement Spanish language and culture course for the school and has organized other opportunities for her Spanish students in recent years as well. “In the summer of 2012, I was able to bring the culture and vocabulary in our Spanish textbooks to life by taking 12 Spanish students to Costa Rica,” she said.
One of Amanda’s proudest moments as a Spanish teacher occurred when she sent two of her students to York College as high school dual-enrollment students to take intermediate Spanish II with Cindy Doutrich, one of Amanda’s former professors. “I am so proud that my students can represent my work in the classroom to a professor I greatly respect and admire,” she said.
Amanda took away valuable lessons not only from York College professors who taught courses within her majors, but also those who taught classes like theatre, film and writing. “The relationships that I formed with my professors were so profound that I still maintain contact with many of them,” she explained.
In addition to her role as a teacher, Amanda has also continued her own studies toward a Master of Arts in Spanish from Millersville University.
She urges students to learn all they can from their professors while in school and to continue the process even after graduation. “Respect veteran teachers as the resources they are. Learn all you can from them, because they are so willing to help but often are not consulted.”
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