Amanda Berry

Position: Community Navigator and Parent Education

Amanda has worked with young children in the greater Asheville area since 2003. She has always had a deep passion for child development, behavior, and family support systems. While pursuing her BS in Early Childhood Education, Amanda was busy raising her four children. Her oldest son has autism; he is now a young adult at 22. Her experience as a mother of a child with autism has allowed her to gain the knowledge, empathy, and understanding needed to support children and families. Amanda’s two younger children have a learning disability that has affected them differently, and they each have unique struggles. The journey of raising children with exceptional needs and her desire to help led her to the position of Community Navigator at FIRST. Here, she offers families and children resources, support, and experience. Amanda is also a certified Infant-Toddler Specialist with the Children’s Developmental Services Agency. She utilizes her skills and supports through early intervention and family education in the greater community.

Amanda fully believes in parent support and advocacy for families of Exceptional Children. So much so that she is currently pursuing her Master of Teaching in Leadership, Policy, and Advocacy. She knows that Special Education is ever-changing, and she believes there are always ways to learn and grow.

Apart from her job, Amanda enjoys all things creative and hands-on! She loves to bake, garden, preserve food, and make candles. She has a reverence for the natural world that she hopes to pass on to the next generation.