Amanda Knox is teaching Science with the Medieval Experience
Amanda Knox was born and raised in Orange County and developed a love for science early on. Spending her summers at the seashore, in the mountains and across the desserts sparked an appreciation and respect for nature that has been nurtured into adulthood. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Education at California State University in Long Beach in 2002 and has been an educator in various capacities ever since.
She first served as a teacher of Earth and Physical Sciences at a private school in Tustin in 2001-2002 and transitioned to managing the accounts for her family’s home-based business shortly after. She began homeschooling her four sons in 2008 and has been enjoying that privilege ever since. She studied both the Classical Education and Charlotte Mason methods of education and formed an informal group, taking weekly nature walks and creating nature journals.
Most recently, Amanda facilitated a Nature Studies Enrichment class for Dehesa Charter School at the A.C.E. Learning Center in Newport Beach (2014-2015), at the SoCal Homeschool Co-Op in Huntington Beach and at the iLEAD Exploration 360 program in Santa Ana (2015-2016). Emphasizing movement, inquiry and exploration, she strives to create a learning environment wherein students are inspired and motivated to learn while harnessing their own unique strengths and learning styles. She allows time and room for freedom of expression and encourages investigation, careful observation, ownership, growth and stewardship.
In addition to classroom teaching, Amanda enjoys volunteering as a docent in the Butterfly House at the Environmental Nature Center and continues to co-lead her family’s Nature Studies group and monthly Fine Arts Group. Her desire is to see her students and children engage with and gain a deeper understanding of science and nature, make discoveries and become life-long learners as they cultivate a sense of the valuable impact they can have on the world around them.