Amanda was born in Missoula, Montana to Tom and Sharon Briggs. Her family moved to Sitka, Alaska in 1983 where Amanda graduated from Sitka High School.
Amanda graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 with a double major in Theology and Anthropology. She was selected to the University of Notre Dame's ACE program (Alliance for Catholic Education) and taught at Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida during the 1996-1997 school year.
After moving to Fairbanks in 1997 with her husband Michael, she began subbing at the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks. She quickly took on other roles including teaching Religious Studies, coaching girls’ basketball, and serving as the K-12 Religion Coordinator. In 2000, Amanda completed her Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of Portland.
In the spring of 2003, Amanda was selected as ICS Principal. During the summer of 2003, she began work on her Master of Educational Administration degree through the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program at University of Notre Dame, which she completed during the 2007-2008 school year.
Since 2016, Amanda has been an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at University of Portland where she co-teaches an administrative course “Supervision for Instructional Improvement” for Catholic school administrative candidates.
Amanda has been involved in a variety of local community groups and activities over the years. She enjoys running and competing in local races, including the school's annual Running of the Rams. Her family is very involved in the karate community. She is a member of St. Raphael Parish.
Amanda has lived in Fairbanks since 1997. She and her husband, Michael have three children, Kip, Gabriel and Ava who attend the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks.