Episode 65: Amanda Ensor – The Lifeline of Education

Some heroes wear capes, but today’s guest on the show is a quiet, local hero who has used her role as an educator and community leader to serve others. Most recently she has been working tirelessly behind the scenes serving an immigrant population on the eastern shore of Maryland as they face the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s guest is Amanda Ensor, a 17-year educator, who has used the power of education and the connection of schools to improve the wellbeing of and empower families within her community.

This episode is full of inspiration and a reminder of the power of education. Amanda talks about how living overseas inspired her to go into teaching. We discuss how schools serve as a lifeline for many families, and the impact of COVID-19 on that lifeline. She humbly shares about the work she has been facilitating during the pandemic, including food and supply drives and keeping families supported and connected. You will also learn about great children’s literature! Amanda’s wisdom, compassion, and leadership will leave you feeling that the future is bright because of heroes like her supporting the community and teaching our youth.

This episode is hosted by Kristin Srour.

What we talked about:

2:30- Introduction to how Amanda Ensor and Kristin know each other

4:00- Why Amanda chose to be a teacher

6:30- Various places that Amanda lived while growing up

7:15- What she saw in the education systems in other countries that surprised her

8:20- Why Amanda thinks there is a different value placed on education in other countries

10:20- How to instill a feeling of excitement and value on education in our children in the United States

13:00- Her experience as a teacher

15:30- Top books that she recommends for a 4th grader

19:55- Her transition out of the classroom and what her new role as a Family Engagement Specialist is

36:00- How their school district handled food distribution to the community during COVID-19

45:30 – Advice that Amanda has for people that want to help their community in the current times

50:35- End of podcast questions

Show Notes:

The Real McCoy series 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Mooncatcher Project

All American Boys By Jason Reynolds

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