A science teacher stands in front of the fish tank in her classroom

Ms. Oligny and the fish tank in her classroom

Amanda Oligny is a graduate of Berlin CSD who started teaching full time at Berlin Middle School in the 2016-17 school year. Continue reading to learn more about Ms. Oligny!




What is your role here at Berlin Central School District, and where do you work?

This is my first year as a full time teacher at Berlin Middle School.  Previously I was a long term substitute teacher in Technology at BMS.  Now I am teaching 8th grade Science.  I have one class that is advanced, meaning they are taking Living Environment (a course usually taken in high school).

I am also a co-advisor for the Envirothon team with Nick Toole.  This will be the fourth year we are participating in this event.  Last year I did Science Bowl with Brendan Skenell and we won a 4th place trophy.

What is your education background?

I received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology from the College of Saint Rose.  I continued my education at St. Rose, earning a Master’s of Education in Secondary Education with a concentration in Biology and General Science (grades 7-12).

What is your background like – previous jobs?

Before taking a full time position teaching 8th grade science at BMS, I was a long term substitute teacher in Technology, also at BMS.

What are your interests outside of school?

Oddly enough, science!  I like to go camping and do other outdoor activities like hiking and fishing.

What is your motto or personal mantra?

If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.  Basically, if you find something you like, you should go after it before someone else does.

What is the best advice anyone has given you?

Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I’ll try again tomorrow.”