Kingswood Oxford happily welcomes new science teacher and coach Amanda Pasko. Ms. Pasko studied kinesiology and sports medicine at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She said it was a nice change in the scenery and pace of life from her hometown just outside of Boston, where she attended an independent high school similar to Kingswood Oxford.
While in college, Ms. Pasko said she gradually discovered that her interests were geared more towards the science and education classes she was taking, rather than the sports medicine ones. She also said that becoming a tutor was when she realized her true passion was teaching.
This year, Ms. Pasko is a Middle School science teacher, teaching both sixth and eighth grade classes. She is also coaching the Middle School girls soccer team and both the Middle and Upper School track and field teams. “I really enjoy being a coach as well as a teacher here,” she said, “because it’s a fun break in the day, and it allows me to get to know the students better and in a less formal environment.” Ms. Pasko was on the track and field team throughout both high school and college.
In her free time, Ms. Pasko said she enjoys traveling, running, playing board games, going to restaurants, and trying new foods. “I definitely consider myself a foodie,” she said. “One of the things I really looked forward to when coming to West Hartford was trying all the restaurants around here.” On another note, she said her favorite color is orange and her favorite animal is a tiger.
Ms. Pasko said she is excited and happy to become a part of such a great school. “I am looking forward to being part of the KO community and learning about the school, its students, and the other faculty and staff,” she said. KO warmly welcomes you and is very happy to have you here as well, Ms. Pasko!