Amanda Ronan

Writer, Editor, Educator, Coach, Friend

Amanda Ronan is an Austin-based writer. After many years as a teacher, she transitioned out of the classroom and into educational publishing. Amanda wrote and edited English, language arts, reading, and social studies content for grades K-12. In addition to writing video scripts, lessons, quizzes, and other teaching-related materials, Amanda began blogging about education.

Now a full-time writer, Amanda uses her creative writing skills for all sorts of industries. She blogs, writes long-form articles, posts on social media, edits books, does content strategy, and coaches writers.

In her spare time, Amanda writes books of her own. Her first YA series, My Brother is a Robot, was released by Scobre Educational Press in September 2015. Her professional book for educations, A Fresh Look at Formative Assessment: 30 Simple ELA Ideas for Grades 3-5 was published in October 2016.

Amanda also does a lot of ghostwriting in industries outside of education, including health, financial, and business. These clips aren't included here because of the nature of ghostwriting. However, if you like what you see and are interested in working with her, Amanda will happily provide references.

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Every Teacher's Guide to Assessment

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Why Self-Publishing May Be the Best Writing Lesson Ever

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