Amanda Crum is an elementary school teacher at South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA). She began teaching in 2004 and joined SCCA in 2014. Ms. Crum has a BA from Clemson University and an MA from Furman University in administration and supervision. She is also a national board certified teacher in literacy: reading and language arts —early and middle childhood. Ms. Crum shares her story below.
“I became a teacher because I feel like I am who I am today because of the wonderful teachers who helped mold me and guide me through the years. I believe that educating young minds is the most important task one can have because you are truly influencing the future of humanity. Throughout my career, I have served in various capacities as a teacher, including being an instructional coach and an administrator. I feel very fortunate for these experiences because I have been able to see different perspectives in education and also get to know many children and families. To me, that's what it is all about—building relationships with students and families to ensure that every child receives the best education possible.
I love so many things about teaching at SCCA. If I had to choose one thing it would be getting to know my students and their interests, backgrounds, and what brought them to SCCA. We have great diversity to celebrate at our school, and it is exciting to find ways to personalize each child's learning experience. As a parent and educator, I believe that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to learning. Every child is unique and special. SCCA provides flexibility and the means for families to meet their child's specific needs and build on their strengths.
I am a firm believer that parents know their children best. If I were to give any advice to parents who are considering SCCA, I would tell them to serve as an advocate for their child and choose the option that they believe is best for their individual student. As a teacher, I am here to support parents and Learning Coaches in any way I can through the journey of educating their child at SCCA.”
Outside of teaching, Ms. Crum enjoys spending time with her family and her labradoodle. She also enjoys cheering on the Clemson Tigers.
I love my students and getting to know about their interests, backgrounds, and what brought them to SCCA. We have great diversity to celebrate at our school, and it is exciting to find ways to personalize each child's learning experience.