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Amanda Williams

Writer

Amanda is the education reporter at the Virginia Gazette. She was previously the evening breaking news reporter at the Daily Press. She is a 2016 graduate of William & Mary and spends most of her time hanging out with her dog, Chaco.

Recent Articles

  • Berkeley Middle shows woes on climate survey

    Berkeley Middle shows woes on climate survey

    When Berkeley Middle School principal Amour Mickel saw the results of her school's climate survey, she wasn't surprised. Of the four categories — feedback and coaching, school climate, resources and school leadership — Berkeley teachers and staff responded negatively to the majority of questions...

  • School administrators make more room for breakfast

    School administrators make more room for breakfast

    At Warhill High School, Janet Hichman's blender starts whirring at 6:55 a.m., and it hardly stops for the next hour. The demand for the school's newest breakfast offering — fruit smoothies — sets a high bar for Hichman's mixing machine. Breakfast at Warhill used to be a slow-paced affair. Students...

  • Some concerned over author's visit to schools

    Some concerned over author's visit to schools

    Later this month, area elementary schools will host a writing workshop with a children's author, a component of a longstanding partnership with the Williamsburg Regional Library. But some people aren't too happy about this year's choice. Dana Alison Levy has written two books with a third coming...

  • Meet W-JCC's new superintendent, Olwen Herron

    Meet W-JCC's new superintendent, Olwen Herron

    Sitting in the large office on the central office building's second floor, Olwen Herron has comfortably settled in. Although superintendent is a new title for her, Herron has been a leader in Williamsburg-James City County Schools for years. Herron rose from within, she was deputy to the last superintendent,...

  • W-JCC schools holding public hearing on proposed budget

    W-JCC schools holding public hearing on proposed budget

    Anyone with an interest in Williamsburg-James City County schools proposed $132.6 million budget can have their say at a Tuesday night public hearing. First presented in February, Superintendent Olwen Herron's fiscal year 2017-18 budget requests $5 million more in funding than last year. Immediately...

  • Classrooms celebrate Read Across America Day

    Classrooms celebrate Read Across America Day

    Community, state leaders read with W-JCC students

  • Symphony musicians visit W-JCC orchestra students

    Symphony musicians visit W-JCC orchestra students

    The sounds emanating from Mary Giacolone's orchestra class at Lafayette High School Monday were not what you'd expect from a group of string musicians. An enthusiastic crescendo of "Yup ba ba ba bum" echoed around the room as Virginia Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster Vahn Armstrong led the students...

  • High School musical season almost here

    High School musical season almost here

    One month from now will mark the beginning of Williamsburg-James City County High School musical season with the opening night of Jamestown’s “Aida.” The musical, from Elton John and Tim Rice, tells story of love, loyalty and betrayal. It features an enslaved princess, her captor and an almost...

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