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Spotlight – Amanda McLean

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Get to know our Animal Science faculty, staff and graduate students in our Spotlight feature.

MEET Amanda McLean, Lecturer in Animal Science

What is the most exciting part of your job?
Getting to see that lightbulb go off in student’s minds when they fully understand a concept and can then apply it. It is honestly one of the best feelings as an instructor!

Who inspires you?
My parents. They continually inspire me to do my best in everything I do and work hard to achieve my goals.

What is something you find challenging about your work?
Since I teach many courses and my teaching schedule is packed… Jumping from teaching one class directly to teaching another about a completely different topic!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Teacher – I used to set up all my dolls, teach them lessons, and create worksheets for them (that I filled out and then graded).

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
With an expanded family, a few more horses (& a pony), and a decent stocker cattle operation. Hopefully, finally accustomed to the humidity of East TN!

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
I compete in barrel racing with my mare (Addi), make a bunch of stuff by crocheting, and am a pretty good cook (just ask Kyle).

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
Relax with my family on our little farm, ride our horses, and swim in the pool.

Who do you look up to within Herbert College of Agriculture?
Dr. Liesel Schneider, Dr. Jennie Ivey, and Jessy Shanks. They all are rocking the working-mom life, and I hope I can learn from them.

What’s a skill you’d like to improve on?
I am always striving to be a better horsewomen and want to continually educate myself in different training techniques and tools.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
In the middle but leaning more towards extrovert, I would say. I am very comfortable on my own and not overly enthusiastic. However, I also enjoy the company of good friends and family, and I’m not afraid to talk to anyone.

How would your friends describe you?
Loyal, honest, and quick-witted.

What piece of advice would you give your 18 year old self?
Don’t worry about what other people expect of you and just do what makes you happy!