4th Grade

Amanda Simmons


Ms. Simmons has led her students since they crossed the ‘Rainbow Bridge’ from Kindergarten. She now looks forward to guiding them through their upcoming nine-year change.  Below, Ms. Simmons reflects in her own words:

“I am so excited to cook, build, garden, write, dance, and do so much more with my students as we enjoy our ‘hands-on’ Third Grade curriculum. I look forward to watching the students continue to build relationships with each other as well as nature.  I am so excited to watch them become increasingly independent as learners while the class also grows closer together. I am very grateful to my students for helping me grow personally and professionally.”

Before arriving at Journey, Ms. Simmons was a standout First Grade teacher within the Capistrano Unified School District. Even back then, Ms. Simmons worked hard to teach the “whole” child in creative, age-appropriate, and inspiring ways. According to her former Principal at Oso Grande Elementary School, “Amanda is a gifted teacher who knows exactly what each child needs. She is reliable, joyful, and dedicated in her approach to serving students and their families.”

Ms. Simmons earned her BA in Liberal Arts from SDSU as well as a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from CSU, Fullerton. She also possesses a Single-Subject Teaching Credential in English as well as a Master’s Degree and Administrative Credential in Educational Leadership. Additionally, Ms. Simmons will soon graduate from Rudolph Steiner College with a Teaching Certificate and Master’s Degree in Waldorf Education.

Since her arrival at Journey, Ms. Simmons feels that her parents have embraced and supported the class is exceptional way, “I am so thankful for the parent support since my arrival. It has made a huge difference.”

In her free time, Ms. Simmons loves the company of her husband, family, and friends. She especially likes to go to the beach with her dog, crafting, traveling and reading good books.  Ms. Simmons was raised in Orange County and feels rooted here.