Amanda Johnston
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I'm very excited to begin my second year at PCGS and my 16th year of teaching!  I can't wait to share my story, hear your stories and see how God weaves it all together into His big story!

MY CAREER: Professionally, God has carried me through some crazy twists and turns that I wouldn't have believed I'd try when I was fresh out of college.  I graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education in 1996!  Since then, I've taught in a number of different public and private schools in Missouri and Iowa and have taught a number of different classes including K-12 resource, Pre-K and middle school language arts.

MY BACKGROUND:  I grew up in Springfield, MO and enjoyed the gift of a phenomenal youth program in my church that was definitely an anchor for me throughout my teen years.  I moved to Columbia, MO (GO TIGERS!) for college and stayed for 25 years with a one year hiatus to Cedar Falls, IA. My dad is my only living parent and he lived in Colorado my entire life until THIS YEAR!  This summer he and his wife Diana decided to move to Des Moines to be closer to our family.  We are having fun seeing them more often and having moments of doing life together.  My parents grew up in Redfield, IA, just west of Des Moines, and I still have aunts, uncles and cousins throughout the Des Moines and Ames areas.  

ABOUT MY FAMILY:  I am married to my husband, Dan, who works at Pella Corp.  We live on a small acreage south of Knoxville.  Between us, we have 8 kids!  My 3 include my oldest son, Alex, who will be a sophomore transfer student at Indian Hills this year.  He is using his gifts well as he is planning a career in light and sound engineering (Theater Tech degree) coupled with a 2nd degree in Computer Networking and Security.   He has had a number of opportunities the past couple of years to design and direct the technical aspects of various productions as well as the chapel program at his high school.  Austin will be a junior at PCHS this year.  He plays football and runs long distance in track.  He is also a gifted mathematician and enjoys designing game plug-ins for Minecraft which he sells online.  He intends to own his own business someday and plans to go to college to major in business and computer science.  Abby will be in 7th grade at PCGS. She enjoys sports, dance, photography and people!  She loves to write and has a fiction book in progress.  She also loves animals and is always trying to get us to add another pet!  I have 5 step-children too.  Tori is 24 and will finish cosmetology school this winter and hopes to open her own salon.  Mansel is 19 and a welder at Weiler in Knoxville.  Milo is a junior at Knoxville High School where he plays football, wrestles, runs track and plays baseball.  He loves to ride dirt bikes and four-wheelers.  He is a gifted photographer and loves just about anything that takes him outdoors into God's creation.  Danielle is a freshman at KHS this year and she loves to read, run and spend time with friends.  She runs cross country and track and plays basketball.  Wayne will be in 7th grade this year at Knoxville Middle School.  He plays football, wrestles and plays baseball.  He likes to make people laugh with his quick sense of humor and loves riding dirt bikes and being outdoors.

ABOUT ME:  Well, with 8 kids and a full-time job, I don't have time for much other than running from here to there! But, in a spare moment in between, I enjoy cooking, watching sports, playing volleyball, flower gardening, reading, movies and dreaming about all of the Pinterest projects I will someday get to do! I also LOVE to travel...and I find the beach and the mountains to be equally as beautiful and rejuvenating.  My family also likes to ride ATVs and dirt bikes, have bonfires and travel.  I am an avid Mizzou football fan and kind of plan Saturdays around those games!  My husband is a Hawkeye we have to compromise with each other on who gets to watch their game realtime and who has to DVR it!

God is just so very, very good in how he works even our trials for good.  I am thrilled to start this school year and see what kind of story God writes!