Amanda is currently a Ph.D. candidate at New Mexico State University (NMSU). With a focus on curriculum and instruction, her dissertation topic examines representation within preschool apps and how that representation influences young children’s experiences and interactions in the preschool setting. She currently works as NMSU’s Learning Games Lab, where she leads user-testing sessions, teaches summer sessions with young people on game design, and works on a few design teams on current projects in development. Amanda is also a contributing writer to Edutopia, a founding member of KidMap, and an active member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Before coming to NMSU, Amanda conducted research with Erikson’s Early Math Collaborative and was the program coordinator at the Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center.
- Doctoral Candidate – New Mexico State University, College of Ed., Curriculum & Instruction Ph.D. program; Focuses: Learning Design & Technology and Early Childhood Education
- Erikson Institute, M.S. in Child Development with specialization in Administration
- Bradley University, B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Minors in German and Women’s Studies