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Amanda Casto, Instructor

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"I believe that any level of advanced learning or degrees in education is invaluable for a teacher to reach their full potential."

Degrees Held:

  • PhD in Curriculum & Instruction – University of North Carolina at Charlotte, expected graduation December 2019
  • MSEd in Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment – Walden University, 2010
  • BA in Social Studies Education – Madonna University, 2007

Career Highlights:

I have enjoyed multiple opportunities to present best practices and research in STEM (e.g., systems-thinking STEM education, middle school math education, instructional technology, and the K-12 STEM pipeline) at multiple conferences over the years: NCTIES (2017), AERA (2018), UNC Charlotte's K-12 STEM Conference (2018), and RCML (2019).

  • What do you want students to take away from your classes?

    I want students to become familiar with STEM teaching and develop the mindset of being a lifelong STEM learner AND educator. My hope is that students will take away a greater appreciation for the goals of STEM education and the confidence of implementing those goals in their own classroom.

  • How long have you been teaching online courses?

    I have been teaching online courses since fall 2018.

  • Why did you start teaching?

    I started teaching out of deep admiration for the profession and because I wanted to replicate the positive relationships I had with my teachers with future students.

  • What is the value of a master's degree in education?

    Teaching is a recursive practice in an ever-changing field. Like their students, teachers must always strive to learn and improve their craft. Therefore, I believe that any level of advanced learning or degrees in education is invaluable for a teacher to reach their full potential.

  • What advice would you give to those considering an online MSEd program?

    I would advise students to answer and reflect on two essential questions: What are three personal or professional goals associated with earning an MSEd degree? How will an online MSEd program help you achieve each of those goals?

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck.

  • Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.

    My husband and I recently moved from North Carolina. Fun fact: We have watched all 30 MLB teams play in their home fields!


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