Amanda Austin

Guest Blogger

Teacher, Mayfair Laboratory School

East Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Amanda Austin currently serves the children of East Baton Rouge School System as a fifth-grade instructor at Mayfair Laboratory School. For the past seven years, she has had the pleasure of educating students from at-risk communities to magnet schools.

Amanda earned a bachelor of arts in sociology with a concentration in criminology and minor in African and African American Studies. She also has an alternative teaching certification and master of arts in teaching in elementary education, as well as gained an endorsement for educational leadership. Amanda has a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Lamar University.

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Posted May 3, 2016

The Moment I Knew I Was Called to Teach

The moment I knew I was going to become an educator was during my last year of college, volunteering at…

By Amanda Austin

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

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