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Amanda Sierzega

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Amanda was an English Major at Ursinus College who student taught at Spring-Ford High School and received a PA Level I teaching certification (grades 7-12) in English. At Ursinus, she ran Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field and was published in the school’s annual literary magazine The Lantern for four years. 

Amanda was also a co-recipient of this years Barbara Olmo McInnis 1957 Prize, awarded annually to an outstanding student in teacher education


Impact of Ursinus:

Receiving a liberal arts education provided me with more than just intellectual and classroom knowledge. Ursinus also taught me how to think deeply about the world and the state, federal, and global educational systems that exist. I learned the value of meaning-making in the classroom and why “planning with the end in mind” creates lessons that in turn create engaged and thoughtful students who in turn understand the value of lifelong learning. Because of the education classes that Ursinus College offers, I was prepared to enter the classroom with purpose and desire, and I know that the classroom is where I am meant to be. The education professors at Ursinus are insightful individuals who care about their students and the future educators they are creating. Without Mrs. Royce  the technical and official aspects of certification would be impossible to complete. She is always one step ahead of us and knows exactly what we need before we realize it!

I am excited to see what my future will be like, but I know that it will be a successful and fulfilling one in the classroom because of Ursinus College and the Education Department at Ursinus College.




Phi Beta Kappa

Sigma Tau Delta

Whitians Women’s Honor Society 

Copy editor of The Lantern (two years)

Organized the JD Salinger Catcher in the Rye Read a Thon in 2014

Resident of Writing and Arts House

Cross Country and Track and Field Teams