Amanda was born on Election Day 1982. She is the daughter of a retired deputy State Treasurer, Paige Parsons Lewis, and an award-winning salesman, Clifford D. Parsons, III (who sadly passed away in 2006). With mom growing up in the upstate of South Carolina and dad a lowcountry boy, they met in the middle and Amanda grew up in the capital city of Columbia, SC. She is the oldest of three children, with brothers in Alaska and Minnesota. She is the proud mother of a GCS 8th grader, Thatcher, and their amazing rescue dog, Noodle. Her partner, Paresh, has been a long-time NC resident and works as a senior manager in corporate IT. She has been in North Carolina since 2005 when she came to study Dance Education and Communication Studies at UNCG.
Upon graduating from UNCG in 2008, Amanda was hired by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools as a dance teacher. She served middle and high school students in Forsyth County for 9 years, as a dance teacher and as an award winning coach in the sports of tennis, swimming, dance, and cheerleading.
In 2017, Amanda transferred to Guilford County Schools to bring back dance at Southwest High School. She grew the position from part-time to full-time in one year and took on the role of Department Chair of the Freshman Focus Department soon after. She continued to coach the newly formed Spurs Dance Team as well as the Women’s Lacrosse team.
In 2020, Amanda went back to school to pursue a master’s degree in Teacher Leadership. Curriculum, and Instruction with an additional certificate for Gifted Education. She graduated from Gardner Webb University in July of 2021.
Following her experience in the Young Professional Educators Association in 2019, Amanda began to imagine a new organization for teachers. In the summer of 2020 she founded The Teacher’s Edge, Inc (501c3). In June of 2021, she resigned from GCS to follow her mission of elevating the teaching profession through her work in The Teacher’s Edge, as well as running for Guilford County Board of Education. In 2022, Amanda completed the Executive Leadership Academy with Guilford Nonprofit Consortium, organized TEDxHighPoint, and ran a clean campaign. The majority of her time and commitment to teachers this school year has been dedicated to subbing wherever she can. She has completed over 60 sub jobs in GCS since September 2021, and has been on the ground in 11 of the 17 schools in District 2. Some days Amanda has been the only sub in a building with 10 or more teachers out.
She has visited 7 National Parks in the last year and enjoys reading, movies, e-biking, and spending time with her family. She serves as a mentor for new dance teachers through NDEO and is on the capstone committee for her former colleague. You are likely to bump into her at the grocery store or in anywhere fun is being had!