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Amanda Tredinnick, or “Miss T.” as she is known throughout Upper School, serves as the Upper School Dean of Students and is an AP United States History Teacher. She is an MS'01 alum of San Domenico, and is a natural choice to lead US students, knowing first-hand what an SD education means. After graduating from Gonzaga University with a degree in History and Social Studies teaching credential, Amanda returned to SD in 2009 as a history teacher and Student Council moderator. After six years teaching multiple courses in the history department, Amanda became Dean of Students in the fall of 2015. In this role, Amanda has the privilege of supporting all Upper School students through their high school career - a dream first planted during her early years in education. Outside of work, Amanda can be found exploring San Francisco, cheering on the Gonzaga Bulldogs, and enjoying time with friends and family - especially her niece and nephew. Go Panthers!
"My favorite part of being a member of the San Domenico community is the time I get to spend outside of the classroom with my students - moderating Student Council, cheering them on in an athletic competition or theatrical production, or planning Spring Discovery. San Domenico is truly a family!"
Q. Why did you choose to work at San Domenico?
A. I am an alum of SD Middle School, my mom went to SD through Upper School, and I feel as though I grew up on this campus - SD is in my blood!
Q. What is your favorite annual event at SD?
A. There is a running joke among my colleagues that I choose a different "favorite SD event" depending on the day - there are so many. If I had to choose, I would say I love the Student Teacher Basketball Game. I am quite gifted at making a fool of myself in front of the student body - enthusiasm over talent!
Q. What activities do you participate in at SD?
A. I moderate the Upper School Student Council. Right now, we are focused on celebrating Halloween in a safe way. I'm blown away by their creativity and positivity, despite these crazy circumstances.
Q. Do you have any hidden talents?
A. While not necessarily a talent, I am known for my dramatic interpretations of historical events - my students call them my "one-woman shows." While I have always had theatrical aspirations, I don't think Broadway is going to come knocking anytime soon!
Q. What makes a “good day” at school?
A. I love Thursdays at school. In a non-Covid world, I usually start that day with Student Council (and donuts!), and we end with co-curriculars, where students choose an activity based on their interest. The energy in the Upper School is lighthearted and upbeat on Thursdays. But really, all days where I get to be with the kids are good days.
Q. What is your favorite place in the world?
A. I have three: my parents' backyard on a sunny summer afternoon (with a good book), Spokane, Washington in the fall, and a classroom filled with laughing students.
Q. When do you feel joyful?
A. I feel most joyful when I am with my extended family, enjoying a delicious meal that my sister (our resident master chef!) prepared. The louder the dinner table conversation, the better.
Q. What is your ideal weekend?
A. My ideal weekend includes time with my twin niece and nephew, dinner with friends at our favorite San Francisco restaurant, and some sort of exciting sporting event on TV - I live for March Madness! Go Zags!
Q. What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies?
A. If I can amend this to my desert island "tv shows," I would say a regular rotation of "The West Wing," "New Girl," and "Friends." Really, I'm just hoping this desert island has Netflix.
Q. What personal accomplishments have filled you with pride?
A. I feel so proud to have taught so many incredible individuals over the past 11 years. It has always been my goal to make U.S. history accessible and relevant - I don't know if there is a more important time to be learning about, debating, and unpacking history. To me, there is nothing better than watching my students engage in lively discussion with each other. My goal has always been to encourage a sense of civic duty in my students, no matter where they were born - they get so sick of me telling them that there is nothing more important than voting! When alums send me photos of their first ballot or "I voted" sticker - that is when I am most proud.