My name is Amanda Patton. Daphne, Alabama is my hometown and I have lived there my entire life. I love this area and hope to never leave it. Family is very important to me, which is why I chose South Alabama due to the majority of my family living in this area. I have a fraternal twin sister that attends the University of Alabama and a brother that is a sophomore at Daphne High School. I love to travel and would like to go to another continent someday with my Mom. Also, I enjoy sports of any kind. During the fall, Alabama Football takes up a lot of my time. Watching football on Saturdays with my Dad is one of my favorite things to do. If I had to choose my favorite sport, it would be basketball. It is a passion that was passed down to me from my Dad. This led me to become a manager for the Women's Basketball team at USA. This consumes much of my time and I love doing it. We travel a lot of places that I probably would not go to if I was not with the team.
I am a sophomore Physical Education major and plan on teaching elementary PE while coaching at the high school level. I have had many teachers and coaches make an impact on my life and I would like to do the same for the next generation. As a PE teacher, I want to encourage students to exercise daily and be more conscious of keeping themselves healthy. I remember all of the great times I had in PE as a kid and I want these kids to have the same experience I did. As a coach, I want to challenge athletes and push them to achieve things they never thought they could. When I played high school basketball and soccer, those were the best parts of my life and sometimes wish I could go back. I would like for my players to build memories and relationships that will last a lifetime. Some people do not believe in the next generation, but I do and this is why I have chosen this profession.
Randy Pausch on Time Management
Pausch taught me to question why I am doing the things I'm doing in everyday life. If there is not purpose to something, you are wasting your time. I also learned it's more important to do the right thing than to do things right. I had never heard of Randy Pausch before, but he was very easy to listen to and is a good speaker.