Amanda has been recognized as an innovative educational leader. Her experiences include work in the United States (4 years) and in overseas international schools in Japan, Saudi Arabia, China and the United Arab Emirates (20 years). Amanda earned National Board Certification as a middle school and high school math teacher and served as a technology and instructional coach, a K-12 Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator, and as a school administrator at the elementary level.

Amanda has put her efforts into creating a culture of learning by developing the internal capacity of faculty members in all of her roles in education. Amanda served as the Associate Director for Education Programs for Shanghai American School (SAS) where she led the review and implementation of a wide variety of curriculum areas and served as a key leader in the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation process for both campuses. Her PK-12 curriculum work gave her immense perspective on the development of effective elementary, middle school and high school curriculum, instruction, and assessment programs. Additionally, Amanda has provided professional development consultancy services for instructional technology programs. This area of expertise has provided her with a foundational background to provide assistance and guidance for the successful culture of data implementation plans for school improvement.

Amanda is passionate about working with all school constituency groups and finds great joy in helping school community members understand assessment information garnered from the assessments through an organizational and instructional context. She seeks to ensure that schools and communities have a solid grasp of data and evidence to ensure
students receive the highest quality of support possible to reach their growth potential. She has been instrumental in helping the schools in which she has worked use data to best represent school program development and student growth for accreditation processes, including the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority – Dubai School Inspection Bureau (KHDA-DSIB) inspections.

Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies and Political Science with a focus on the Japanese language from the University of Arizona. She earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University in California and her school administrative credentials from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Amanda also brings a parent
perspective to her work. She is the proud mother of two girls who have been brought up in international schools.

You are welcome to contact Amanda via email at amanda.decardy@gmail.com or through any of the links in the Contact Amanda section on the right.

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Shikumen House Bricks by Andy Torris