Dr. Amanda Maxwell, MD
High School Homeroom and Science Teacher
Amanda is a “life-long learner” and teaching has always been part of her life’s work. She believes that everyone can enjoy learning when new material relates to something they already understand because “everything can be interesting and learning should never stop!” Over her large breadth of teaching experiences, her goal in the Odyssey classroom is to “empower the learner, encourage peer-to-peer education, and break-down difficult information into easy to understand concepts from everyday life.”
Her academic training includes a BA in Chemistry from UNC-Asheville and an MD from UNC-Chapel Hill. After a residency in Family Medicine, Amanda decided to redirect her career focusing on her passion for teaching. Other life and work experience includes migrant agricultural work in the US, teaching about HIV/AIDS and the Environment in secondary level schools in Malawi, Africa, Chemistry at UNCA’s Super Saturday, and River and Forest Ecology at Jones Gap State Park, SC, river guiding, co-founding Puentes de Salud (Bridges of Health) a volunteer group that provided HIV, Hypertension, Cholesterol and Diabetes screening as well as epidemiological research in Mexico and NC, traveling in Central and South America, and remodeling a 1904 Craftsmen-style home in Asheville. Her hobbies include road biking, carpentry, gardening, making “yard art,” and fine woodworking.