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Hi! My name is Amanda Zayas and this is my first year teaching Third Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies. I have spent the past nine years teaching in preschools both in Texas and New York and I look forward to all the excitement elementary school has to offer!
I'm a born and raised New Yorker and despite living in Austin for four years no, I still feel very new to the area!
I graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx, NY with a degree in English and a minor in Film and I'm in the process of completing my Masters. I completed my Texas teaching certification this past May 2019 after student teaching here at Howard Norman!
A little bit more about me...
-I'm a HUGE book worm and love to read or talk about books at any chance I get. I typically read about 2-3 at a time and set reading challenges for myself every year. I read a certain number of books from New Years Day to the following New Years Eve. This year I will read 60 books.
-I love to write and I'm working towards my dream of having a book published.
-I have a 10 yr old pitbull named Bodhi who I adopted at 10 weeks old. He's a true four-legged soulmate and a great road dog for long road trips when we drive back East every summer!
-My closest girlfriends I have known since Kindergarten and even with the distance, we still talk every day like nothing has changed :)
Food: Pizza, sushi, and bagels...but of course the best bagels are in NY ;)
Place to Visit: Charlestown, Rhode Island
TV Shows: Anything on Bravo!
Authors: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Elin Hilderbrand, Shari Lapena, Bentley Little, James Patterson, Stephen King, Judy Blume, JK Rowling
Seasons: Fall and Winter
Hobbies: Reading, writing, traveling, creating
Candy: anything caramel or chewy
Stores: Half Price Books, Home Goods, Walmart, TJMaxx/Marshalls