School board members reminisce…

     In honor of School Board Recognition Month, the Monticello Express will spotlight a different member of the Monticello Community School District Board of Education each week in May.

   This week, get to know Board member Amanda Brenneman…

What was your favorite subject in school?

   French and chemistry.

What did you like about school as a kid?

   Hanging out with friends, of course!

What were you involved in throughout middle school and high school?

   I played clarinet in marching band and tenor sax in the jazz band. I managed the field hockey team. I was also involved in National Honor Society, volunteered at my church teaching Sunday School, and was in a school musical my senior year.

Advice to students today about the importance of education?

   Education is a gift and often times it is what you make of it. Throughout life, there will be subjects you don’t like or teachers/classmates you don’t get along with, but you can take your education anywhere. It opens up opportunities to do different things and go new places. Education teaches you to critically think better, which helps with problem-solving. There is no lack of problems in the world today that we all face every day. Education can give you the tools to help others in need and lead to self-discovery. Speaking from personal experience, I went to college to study international business with a minor in French. It did not take me too long to figure out that was not the direction I was supposed to go. So I switched gears. Many years and a couple of degrees later, I’m now a family practice nurse practitioner with my doctorate. I love my job, my co-workers, and my patients. If I gave up on education, I wouldn’t be where I am today loving life and hopefully making positive changes in the lives of my patients.


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