Hello! I'm Amanda Templeton. I wear many hats. Not literally since I have short hair and feel wearing hats makes me look like a boy! I digress... Life is busy being a wife to Jeff, mom to Chase (9) and Sidni (6), librarian to high schoolers, and friend to many. Here is a peek into my story!
The Early Chapters
I had a great childhood. Some might think it's a crazy thing to say considering my father passed away when I was 8 years old. However, I can't look back and say what if. My mom raised my brother and I in a loving home, always encouraging us to pursue our passions, to live a faithful life, and to be people of character and conviction.
In high school, I was actively involved in many organizations and played field hockey, basketball, and softball. Between my 3 sports, musical groups, and school clubs, I rarely had a moment to spare to myself. But when I did find that elusive free time, reading, crafting, and spending time with my family brought me the greatest happiness.
I attended Lebanon Valley College to pursue a degree in English Education and to play Field hockey. My four years as a Flying Dutchman were absolutely wonderful. Playing on a hugely successful field hockey team provided me with lifelong friendships and experiences I wouldn't trade for anything. I earned my degree with the support and guidance of professors and mentors who allowed me to be myself but challanged me to develop a worldly view.
The Career Chapter
I knew from the time I was in kindergarten that I wanted to be a teacher. My love of reading made my decision to become an English teacher an easy one. I spent 11 years teaching high school English at my alma mater as well as coaching field hockey. So many wonderful students and athletes passed through my classes over those 11 years. During that time I pursued and earned two Masters degrees, one in Classroom Technology and one in Library and Information Science. When the school librarian decided it was time to retire, it made perfect sense for me to transition from English teacher to high school librarian. This decision has led me to many wonderful opportunities, teaching students, sharing my love of technology, and spreading a passion for books. Each day is challanging and rewarding.
The Family Chapter
Nothing is more important to me than my family. Marrying Jeff and having our two children, Chase and Sidni brings me incredible joy. Jeff and I work very hard to provide a stable and loving environment for our children. We want to instill in Chase and Sidni the family values our parents instilled in us and we want them to know they are loved. We enjoy a busy schedule filled with playing in the back yard, participating on numerous sports teams, and involving ourselves in church activities. We share a love for the beach and traveling to new places, but also relish in the comforts of our home.
The Cancer Chapter
This is the chapter I wish I didn't have to write. However, that horrible word, cancer, is part of my story, and so I feel it's important to share it. When I was young, my mom was diagonosed with breast cancer. At the time, I was too little to know what was going on or the severity of her illness. I just knew that on certain days, my grandma would stay with us and take care of us because mom didn't feel well. That was 26 years ago. She beat the cancer and for 20 years my mom and I grew to be best friends, planning my wedding, preparing for the births of my children, sharing story after story. 6 years ago, shortly after the birth of my daughter, Sidni, my mom once again didn't feel quite right and was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in her spine. What should have been a knock down punch was anything but for my mom. She didn't allow the cancer to slow her down. She watched Chase and Sidni before they were of school age so that I could continue my career and coaching. She did all the things she loved to do, volunteering at church, working in her yard, enjoying long conversations with friends, shopping with me, watching her grandchildren participate in their various activities. And then just like that, the cancer stole my mom from me. On October 30, 2014, my mom closed her eyes and became my guardian angel. She was a phenomenal woman, mom, grandma, and my best friend.