Amanda grew up in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie before moving to a small mining town in central Queensland for three years. The last 20 years were spent living in Singleton, working there and in the small towns surrounding the area, before she moved back to Newcastle.
She is married with five children – three boys and two girls, aged between nine and 23 years old. She has worked as a primary school teacher for the past seven years. She took this year off to study an honours degree in psychology in order to become a school counsellor. Unfortunately, now that the Department of Education has made the COVID vaccination mandatory for all school staff, she has not returned to teaching since completing her degree.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of General Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary), a Bachelor of Psychological Science, and a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). She has been a Girl Guide leader for four years and is a volunteer seamstress for Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies.
She began working in a Provisional Psychologist position as a Behaviour Support Interventionist and Counsellor a short time ago, however, she was once again stood down due to discriminatory vaccination policies.
She and her husband are directors of their small family company, and have operated for around 8 years. She hopes to use her expertise in business, teaching, and all facets of life to serve the members of Newcastle.