Amanda Cline is a missionary. Not in the traditional sense, but she is one nonetheless.
Amanda lives in the small city of Beaver Falls, Pa., just a few miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Every day, she travels to Blackhawk Intermediate School, a public school in the area. There, as a reading specialist, she fulfills her calling. “While I have never felt called to a foreign missions field, I do believe that teaching in a public school is a missions field too and doing so is a way that I can impact my world for Christ,” she said. “I especially appreciated the example of my mom who was a Christian teaching in a public school system.”
Amanda graduated from Huntington University in 2006 with a degree in elementary education. In 2011, she received her master’s degree in reading and a reading specialist certificate from Geneva College.
As a reading specialist, she supports the reading instruction in teachers’ classrooms as well as providing needed interventions for students. She also writes grants to gain funding for special programs, afterschool programs and community literacy events. “I really enjoy being able to be involved with so many different things. I feel like as a result, I have a greater impact on the students, parents and staff who make up the school community around me,” she said.
Amanda found Huntington through a recommendation from a family at her church. She chose education before of her lifelong passion for learning and her desire to “unlock that passion for others.”
“Huntington’s education program provided classroom experience early and often for me. Before I graduated, I had experiencein kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade and fifth grade,” she said. “While at Huntington, I also had the opportunity to practice grant writing and coordinating events through Kappa Delta Pi. Dr. (Terrell) Peace afforded me these opportunities which turned out to be one of the reasons that I was hired.” Since graduation, Amanda has worked as a kindergarten, fourth and fifth grade teacher before taking on the role as a reading specialist for grades 3-5.
“While I may be biased, I do believe that Huntington has the best education program of any that I have been introduced to,” she said. “Huntington combines caring, relational professors with a rigorous program and a variety of experiences that will prepare you to be a leader in the education field. Huntington and the people there will always have a very special place in my heart.”
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