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Hello everyone!

Welcome to Doctor Teacher Mommy! I hope you will find lots of resources to make you think, reflect, and try something new with your little ones!

I’m Amanda, and I love all things early childhood! After working for so many years in this field in various positions and from my constant desire to seek new knowledge, I want to share everything I’m learning with you too.

From the magical moments to the moments that make you wonder why you chose this life, I want you to love every minute with your little one! This site comes after years of ideas, blogging, reading, and a desire to share all of this information with parents and educators everywhere. Here’s a little more about each category:

Doctor: When I completed my B.S. and M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, I knew I was just starting to understand this fundamental stage of development. Over the years, I’ve continued reading everything from parenting books to textbooks to scientific articles, but I still felt something was missing.

Recently, I completed my Ph.D. in Infant and Early Childhood Development specializing in Mental Health and Developmental Differences. Throughout this incredible process, I found what was missing in my search for more information. My doctoral program specifically focused on the intricate role families, systems, and relationships are all interrelated as part of a child’s development. No child develops outside of their dependent relationships with the world around them and the people in it.

My research focused on my biggest passions: how musical interactions affect a mother’s mental health and the developing attachment relationship with her child. Now, I want to share everything I learned with all of you!

Teacher: For years, I’ve worked with infants, toddlers, 3’s, 4’s, and mixedaged groups of young children in many different settings. From a Title 1, Headstart, inner-city classroom to a research laboratory school on a university campus, I’ve experienced a wide variety of teaching situations.

Aside from the formal classroom, my experiences include being a Zumbini® instructor, Zumbini® Master Trainer, prenatal/postnatal fitness instructor, dance and gymnastics instructor, and many other professions directly working with young children and their families. Being a curriculum writer also allowed me to explore another side of the early childhood profession.

While working as a reflective educational coach, I began to truly hone in my love of working with those who have the biggest impact on children. I look forward to continuing working with educators and other early childhood professionals who support families in the most important ways!

Mommy: What’s the most humbling way to realize how little you know? Become a parent!

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to become a mom to one of the world’s most creative, funny, loving, and best people. Watching his personality come to life day after day has been a nonstop ball of fun!

One of the reasons I felt so lucky in the early stages of motherhood was for all of the wise women I had in my life. They shared resources, stories, ideas, and comfort in knowing we were all figuring it out together. They showed me that through the many different decisions we made as parents, all stemming from our unique composition of lived experiences from various cultural backgrounds, we all had the same goal of giving our little ones the best possible start in life.

I hope you will love and learn from all of the information on this site. And stay in touch; I want to hear from you!
Reach out with what you are wondering, wish you had a resource, or anything else.
Chances are if you’re thinking it, another parent is thinking it, too, and I want to help!

Amanda

aka “Doc Holliday”

Want my official autograph? I’m also a Notary Public in Maryland! Email me for more information!

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