Amanda graduated from Ball State University in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She is the Senior Educator for Formal Programs at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago, IL. She is currently working on a master's degree in elementary science education through Purdue University-Calumet. Prior to working at Adler, she was a classroom teacher for five years. In her spare time she is the coach for the Crown Point High School Flag Corps in Crown Point, Indiana.
She is happily married to her husband, Rob. They have two black labradors, Jessie and Jack, who are their only 'children' for the moment. They enjoy traveling together, and hope to return to Hawaii soon!