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

  • Williamsburg-area graduates look ahead toward bright future

    Williamsburg-area graduates look ahead toward bright future

    Seven strangers sat around a big wooden table Monday, musing about their futures. Graduation is here, and the 17- and 18-year-olds are about to take a step into the adult world. So what's next? Dion Bartlett looks forward to the college experience. Maria Esch is ready "to embrace change." And Jada...

  • Teacher files for W-JCC's Jamestown District School Board seat

    Teacher files for W-JCC's Jamestown District School Board seat

    A Jamestown High School teacher filed to run against former School Board chairman Jim Kelly in his home district, Jamestown. Danon Middleton, a high school English teacher and Air Force veteran, turned his petition to run against the Williamsburg-James City County School Board incumbent June 7,...

  • Williamsburg Christian Academy graduation boasts personal touch

    Williamsburg Christian Academy graduation boasts personal touch

    Williamsburg Christian Academy’s 2017 commencement Saturday was a personalized affair with gifts, hugs and laughter aplenty. Shortly after 10 a.m., the 13 graduates slowly made their way up a long red carpet between two sections of chairs filled with family and friends. They paused to hug parents,...

  • Health Foundation doles out $3.5 million in grants

    Health Foundation doles out $3.5 million in grants

    Nearly 20 area programs are a little bit richer after Williamsburg Health Foundation awarded its first round of grants June 5. More $3.5 million dollars was given to programs that increase access to health care, according to a foundation news release. This year's grants go toward programs aimed...

  • Herron shakes up WJCC leadership

    Herron shakes up WJCC leadership

    With barely four months at the helm, Superintendent Olwen Herron has taken a red pen to the division's organization chart. Through two promotions and a new hire, she'll have two assistant superintendents and a chief of staff going into the next school year. Her latest major change — adding the...

  • Lt. Governor talks innovation with Warhill High students

    Lt. Governor talks innovation with Warhill High students

    Lt. Governor Ralph Northam spent Wednesday morning with Warhill freshmen, fielding questions and listening to issues they would like to see the state to focus on. The students are part of Warhill High School’s Pathways Project, aimed at collaborative and project-based learning. The unique curriculum,...

  • School board talks meal price increase, federal grants

    School board talks meal price increase, federal grants

    It was a quiet Tuesday evening at the back of the School Board and Central Office Annex. In less than two hours, Williamsburg-James City County Schools’ board members wrapped up discussion on a half-dozen topics with few questions asked. Votes on the night’s items — increasing school meal prices,...

  • Learning life-skills with barbecue

    Learning life-skills with barbecue

    "Two corn dogs with fries," first-grader Naara Contressa yelled with confidence to the open food truck window. Heather Cavaliero promptly handed the order over to the younger-than-normal waitress. For a unit on producers and consumers, J. Blaine Blayton first-grade teacher Kelly Kelly thought why...

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