It's Wildcat Wednesday! Every Wednesday, we will spotlight a member of the LR Wildcat family.
This week we are introducing you to Amanda Boes!
High School English and Drama Teacher/Speech & Debate Coach
Tell us about your family (human and/or fur family):
I've been married for 2 years to my incredibly creative husband, Mat. We met while we were both active in the theatre community, him writing and performing improv and me directing and acting. We have 2 crazy boys, Harrison and Emmett, plus our fur children: 3 lazy cats and one fat weenie dog.
How long have you been a teacher/worked in education?
I have taught a variety of subjects from advanced acting to English for 5 years.
How long have you worked for LR?
This is my 3rd year for LR.
Why did you choose to work for LR?
I chose to pursue a career at LR because the district is close to my family, and I wanted to be a part of a district that belonged to a close knit community.
What is your favorite thing about working for LR?
I've really enjoyed seeing all of the creativity the students at LR possess. They constantly amaze me with their innovative approaches to literature and performance.
How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
I loved theatre and performance, and I wanted students to find an art they loved as well so I decided to teach theatre. All students have a place in the dramatic arts whether it's in literary analysis, design, performance, or directing. Skills acquired here connect with any situation or career.
If you had to choose a different grade/subject to teach, what would it be?
I'm not sure if I would choose another subject outside of English and drama! You definitely don't want me attempting to teach math...If I could teach another grade level, I would choose elementary because skills found in drama help form the foundation for better communication skills.
What's the greatest misconception about teachers?
Ok. People think we work 7-3??? No way. I don't know how many times I've had to fend off a toddler while grading essays.
What stereotype about teachers is true?
You know, I wouldn't mind getting an apple every now and then. Feeding your teacher? Always a good move.
What is something about you that might surprise people?
I'm an open book for the most part, but the fact that I played Willow in the staged Buffy the Vampire series for 3 years seems to be pretty surprising to some. I also originally went to college for nursing. That didn't pan out once I realized how much blood was involved.
What is your favorite quote?
"The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet..." Bilbo Baggins
What's the weirdest job you've ever had?
I used to scoop ice cream at Braum's. Sticky arms for days.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I wish I had taken more classes in ASL. American Sign Language is one of the most interesting and expressive ways of communicating. It's an art form.
What do you like to do when you're not at school?
When I'm not in my classroom, I enjoy binge watching The Office and watching Dateline because I am apparently an old woman (no offense to you young ladies out there). I also love a good book...I do teach English after all!
Anything else you would like people to know about you?
I would like people to understand that the Lord of the Rings trilogy is underrated, and the Hobbit movies do not live up to the novel. Seriously. Also, the Lego Harry Potter games are life. That's me in a nutshell.
Thanks for being part of the LR family, Amanda!