From a very early age, Spartanburg native Amanda Ledbetter had two ambitions: becoming a journalist and a mommy. With a lot of support, she has been able to accomplish both. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, Amanda began her career as a reporter for the Spartanburg-Herald Journal and covered multiple beats, including business, health, and early childhood education. A highlight of her career was being awarded the Children’s Voice Award from the nonprofit Voices for South Carolina Children for her extensive work covering early childhood education issues. In 2006, she left professional journalism to become a newspaper and yearbook adviser at Oakbrook Preparatory School. Since then she has worked to advance scholastic journalism and civic involvement through her work with the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association and was a founding member of the nonprofit group Involvement through News and Civics (INC) now based in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2008, Amanda began her most worthwhile endeavor when she and husband, Jay, welcomed their daughter, Ellie. Their son James joined the family in 2012. Amanda currently serves as Admission Director at Oakbrook, and enjoys assisting parents in their search for the best educational opportunity for their children. Her journey has been filled with lots of laughter, tears, and prayer. Through it all, Amanda continues her passion for reading and sharing good stories.
Merissa Ramantanin likes to find time with a cup of coffee and a good book. She is married to Johnny, who stays busy fighting hunger on a global basis for orphans, and mom to two teens – Karis and Ian Spencer. Merissa loves adventures with her family – from traveling and hiking to playing kickball in the backyard and sitting by the family bonfire in the evenings. Along with her husband and children, she has a big heart for both local and international missions. She felt God called her to the mission field when she was a young girl, although it looks different than she thought it would! Merissa graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies from North Greenville University. She is passionate about teaching, speaking, writing, and equipping teachers to make a difference. Prior to arriving at Oakbrook Preparatory School, she served as Director of Children’s Ministry at Hope Point Church. While serving there, she wrote several eight week Bible studies for children. As a fervent believer that we have much to learn from history, she steps into her role of educator at Oakbrook teaching Old Testament and AP World History, while mentoring young women on the volleyball court.