Welcome to Ms. Antonini's Online Classroom!
Qingdao No. 1 International School
Upper School Room 307
Upper School Room 307
Dear Parents and Students,
My name is Amanda Antonini and I am the World History and Psychology teacher at QISS. Ever since I was very young, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. By the the time I graduated high school, I was certain I wanted to teach social studies. In my education, I learned from an impressive group of influential and inspiring teachers who encouraged me to love and appreciate the study of human society. Realizing my teachers’ mentor spirit was just like my own, I applied for Temple University to pursue a teaching degree. Paving my own career path at Temple was an amazing experience. I lived in the big city, rode my bike everywhere, enjoyed great and diverse foods and traditions, and studied with some incredible professors.
My teaching career began as a student teacher for a ninth grade Global Studies class. Following this, I was immediately hired upon graduation to teach tenth grade Government and Law, as well as ELL. I quickly became active in the school culture and served as adviser/co-adviser for many clubs and activities including: DECA, Soccer (coach), Ultimate Frisbee (coach), Model UN, Prom Drive, and ELL Homework Club. Teaching in a school with over 4,000 students and 80 different languages represented, Upper Darby gave me the skills and tools I needed to become an influential educator, regardless of backgrounds.
One bonus I will always appreciate that every teacher receives is the bonus of summer travel time. Lucky for me, travel is a huge passion of mine! Since I was young my parents took me and my three siblings to many beautiful places. We went to visit family in Italy, hiked Acadia National Park in Maine, drove the Pacific Coast, and of course, traveled to the beach every summer. My wandering spirit led me to drive across the United States when I was 22. I left Philadelphia and headed southwest, visiting New Orleans, Austin, Texas, Sante Fe, the Grand Canyon, San Diego, Los Angeles, Yosemite, Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore. Last summer, I traveled to Southeast Asia and visited Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. This trip sparked my interest to teach internationally. I loved learning another culture and experiencing all the wonderful things these countries offered—most especially the different foods. Food is an art to me and I am looking forward to experiencing this art, among many other arts, in Qingdao!
Words cannot describe how much I am looking forward to this new teaching chapter in my life. I love traveling and being a part of another culture, and my path is now leading me to Qingdao!
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