Ms. Amanda

(Allegro Teacher - Preschool)

What year did you start at CFK?

I started working at CFK January of 2016.
What year did you begin your early childhood profession? I started my early childhood education profession in 2016 when I got hired to work at CFK.

Tell about your family.

I got married to my wonderful husband Ben, May of this year. Outside of my husband and his wonderful family, I have one biological sister, Heather, who is 10.5 months older than I am. My parents passed away before I was 16, so I was blessed to live with my mom’s best friends who are wonderful God loving people.

Who was/is the most influential person in your life? Why?

I think that the most influential person in my life would by my mother. She put up with a lot from my father, and had amazing strength. She also had a huge heart for compassion, and was full of adventure and lots of fun. She was someone who I consider to have been full of courage and determination, even throughout her battle with cancer that claimed her life back in March of 2003. She truly is a person that I aspire to become day in and day out.

Do you have any pets?

We have one cat, a gray tabby named Jessie. She is 6 years old.

What is your hobby?

I have many different hobbies; it’s hard to choose one. I really enjoy being out in nature, and doing outdoorsy kind of things. I also have a passion and love for sports, so I like to be out playing basketball or soccer whenever I can, or just throwing a ball or Frisbee around! I also enjoy reading

Share a spiritual experience in your life.

My most amazing spiritual experience of my life was back in January of 2013, I was on an outreach to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania. I had always struggled with seeing my value and worth to God. It wasn’t until I had to teach God’s value and Designs of people in Africa. It was by far the hardest teaching I had ever done. As I was teaching it, it was a humbling experience as I was able to meet these local pastors and leaders and admit that I struggled with that very thing. It wasn’t until the end of the teaching that there was a time of powerful prayer and repentance for believing lies about ourselves and our identities. It was in that moment that I began walking into the truths of who God made me to be. It was amazing to be able to walk aside the leaders and pastors in Africa that I was talking to, it also showed them that muzungu’s (or white people) were the same as them, and also struggled with identity and value. It was also a great privilege and blessing to then go and visit with these same pastors and leaders in the summer of 2014, and the summer of 2015. God really wowed my socks off and my life hasn’t been the same since this spiritual experience I had.

What is your favorite scripture?

I have so many favorites, but my favorite right now is Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;”
I love the whole chapter of Isaiah 61!

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