Amanda Qualls grew up in Goshen, attending Model Elementary, Goshen Middle School, and Goshen High School, where she graduated in 2006. Following her graduation, Amanda went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a minor in Russian and Eastern European studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University-Bloomington. In the summer of 2012, Amanda and her husband, Courtney Collins, returned to Goshen, buying a home less than a mile away from where she grew up.
Currently, Amanda is the Director of Human Resources for Ballotpedia, the encyclopedia of American politics. She has previously worked in libraries, museums, higher education, and the publishing industry.
As a first generation college student, Amanda believes in the power of education and has a deep love of public schools. Amanda Qualls is running for Goshen Community School Board, District 2, because she wants to contribute to a healthy public school system and ensure that each student’s need is met. She has been inspired by her mother, who has shepherded two children through Goshen Community Schools and has a third still in Middle School. Watching her siblings, Amanda has seen that every student’s needs are different, and she feels inspired to serve those needs however she can.