“We consider Amanda to be one of the top teaching artists in this region because of her artistry, compassion, and professionalism.”

— Susan Sanders, Sr. VP for Education and Engagement, Tennessee Performing Arts Center


“Amanda thrives in exercising her many gifts in a variety of directions simultaneously. She knows her limits so that, however many balls she juggles, her demeanor is consistently unruffled and grounded. I cannot say enough about the contributions she has made to ArtSmart, and am confident that she would design and execute compelling new artist residencies with the same zeal, imagination and proficiency.”

–Leigh Jones, ArtSmart Director, Tennessee Performing Arts Center

“I had the wonderful privilege of working with Amanda as a teaching artist. My third and fourth graders investigated MOMIX’s modern dance piece “Botanica” with amazing connections to Dale Chuhuly’s glass creations and our Physics of Toys unit of Study. She creates very detailed lesson plans with the State standards woven into the objectives. Amanda listens carefully and responds to the needs of the student and the teacher. She executes the lessons with great poise and ease, and is willing to modify if needed.”

— Sandy Stringfellow, ENCORE teacher, Percy Priest Elementary

“Mrs. Roche was exceptionally well organized and worked beautifully with the teachers at Bradley. She was able to take our initial ideas and turn them into a wonderful integrated learning experience for our students. ”

— Dr. Kim Fowler, Principal, Bradley Academy, Arts Integrated School