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

  • Norge Elementary team applies Band-Aid, wins $1,500

    Norge Elementary team applies Band-Aid, wins $1,500

    The goal? Apply a Band-Aid. The trick? Create a multi-step machine to do it without human interaction. That was what a team of 12 Norge Elementary School fifth graders set out to do for this year's Mad Science Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. And they won, taking home the first place prize of $1,500....

  • 'Change is a positive thing'

    'Change is a positive thing'

    Ask any parent what it's like forcing a child to change schools, and their answer is likely synonymous with "awful." This is what a number of Williamsburg-James City County families face as the division prepares to open the new James Blair Middle School in fall 2018. By February 2018, the School...

  • Community rallies around Warhill track star critically injured in accident

    Community rallies around Warhill track star critically injured in accident

    The Spence family thought they'd be watching their Warhill track star racing at the regional track meet Thursday. Instead, they have barely left Juan Spence's bedside at the MCV hospital at Virginia Commonwealth University. It's been a sleepless week, Juan's uncle Kelly Spence said. On Monday,...

  • Teaching summer school 7,800 miles away

    Teaching summer school 7,800 miles away

    Debbie Cox houses the world in her small, windowless classroom in the center of Lafayette High School. There are images plastered on the walls of life in Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Guatemala — a few of the nations her students hail from. As an English as a Second Language teacher, Cox is knows many...

  • Dozens of W-JCC school buses missing required safety feature

    Dozens of W-JCC school buses missing required safety feature

    More than three-dozen Williamsburg-James City County school buses are missing a state-mandated safety device that prevents the vehicle’s parking brake from accidentally disengaging. All 132 school divisions were notified their buses may not be up to snuff with Virginia Department of Education standards,...

  • Local PTA leaders given life achievement award

    Local PTA leaders given life achievement award

    Two long-time parent-teacher association moms were recognized for their years of involvement this past week. Both Karen Talley and Karen Peterson were surprised with Life Achievement Awards from the National PTA at different Williamsburg-James City County Schools PTA events. "PTA promotes the collaboration...

  • Warhill student in critical condition after car crash

    Warhill student in critical condition after car crash

    A 17-year-old Warhill High School student is in critical condition after the car he was in flipped outside of the school Monday afternoon. James City County Deputy Chief Steve Rubino said an 18-year-old Warhill senior was driving a 2016 Mazda hatchback when it went off the right side of the road...

  • Couple sues WJCC Schools for second time

    Couple sues WJCC Schools for second time

    The couple whose civil suit against Williamsburg-James City County Schools was dropped in April on a technicality is suing the division again. John and Sandra Magda filed their first civil claim for money Jan. 3, asking for $25,000 for legal fees and damages resulting from bullying, according to...

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