Miss Amanda (Beckstead) graduated from Brigham Young University in 1997 with a degree in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.  In addition, she held a Kindergarten-8th grade teaching certificate in Utah and California. 

During college she taught at the Goddard School in Wayne, PA, the Challenger School in Orem, Utah, and Midvale Elementary in Midvale, Utah.  After college, Miss Amanda moved East to teach pre-school in Washington DC at the FDIC Center Preschool. Upon leaving teaching, she took a position in Education Research at the Education Statistics Services Institute in Washington, DC. 

When Miss Amanda married and began having children, she left the working world to stay home and take care of her four children, who are now 15, 14, 12 and 8 years old.  But she continued growing her experience with educating children by volunteering at both school and church- working with children from ages 3 to 18. 

"Although I worked as a teacher for roughly 5 years, I really have been working with kids either as a preschool teacher, piano teacher, school volunteer or church volunteer for the last 20 years.  We moved to Sammamish from Connecticut a little over a year ago so my husband could take a position with Amazon.  I am very happy to have found Lil Gems Preschool!"