Co-Director Mentor & Home Center Teacher
Amanda discovered her love for hands-on learning as child while canoeing the lakes and river of northern Maine and Canada with her family. Whether seeing the northern lights while camping in the Yukon, or raising wood frog tadpoles in a terrarium on her front porch, a love for exploring the natural world has driven her life for as long as she can remember. Academically, Amanda pursued her interest in ecology through time at the Chewonki Foundation in coastal Maine, and a Conservation Biology degree at Middlebury College. Amanda’s senior thesis at Middlebury focused on climate change’s impact on the distribution of forest types in the Breadloaf Wilderness.
Amanda’s love for examining the complex relationships between human and ecological communities, combined with a zealous enthusiasm for cooking and eating, led Amanda to an interest in sustainable agriculture. As co-president of the Middlebury College Organic Farm, Amanda partnered with Cornwall Elementary to build a school garden and designed a nutrition and agriculture after school program. Amanda has worked on organic farms throughout New England, including Gildrien Farm in Leicester.
The child of two teachers, Amanda has a lifetime of experiences in schools. Amanda minored in Education Studies at Middlebury College and completed her undergraduate student-teaching at Aurora School in Middlebury, the Bronx Academy of Letters in New York City, and Menzi Township High School in Durban, South Africa. Amanda received her Masters in Elementary Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts while teaching full-time at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School. Amanda is a fully licensed elementary school teacher in Massachusetts and Vermont.
When not teaching, Amanda can be found knitting, training for marathons, and foraging for wild apples with her husband, David Dolginow, who is co-founder of Shacksbury Cider. Amanda is also a certified yoga instructor and she serves on the board of directors of the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-Op.