Dr. Amanda Brantley is the proud principal of Byron Elementary School in the Peach County School District of Georgia. She has called Middle Georgia home for more than 36 years. She has been married to her husband, Scott for 27 years and together they have two children, Brock and Brenna.
Dr. Brantley was born in Fort Worth, TX, and graduated from Northside High School in Warner Robins, GA. In 2001, she graduated from Mercer University in Macon with a BS in Elementary Education. After receiving her Bachelor's, she then earned a Master's and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mercer. Dr. Brantley currently holds the credential of Level III Professional Leadership Coaching, which qualifies her to coach other leaders.
Dr. Brantley's educational career began in Warner Robins as a fifth-grade teacher at Lindsey Elementary School. She earned the honor of Teacher of the Year at Lindsey and was a Top Five Teacher of the Year Finalist for Houston County in 2003. She served as a Literacy Coach at Lindsey and as a school administrator for 13 years. At Northside Middle School, she served as Assistant Principal of Instruction and, in 2013, was promoted to Principal at C.B. Watson Elementary. In 2014, the school completed a division into primary and intermediate schools in order to incorporate students from Robins A.F.B. Dr. Brantley assisted with this division and, subsequently, began a tenure as principal of Pearl Stephens Elementary School in Warner Robins. In 2016, her husband's job necessitated a transfer to Austin, TX. Dr. Brantley moved with her husband and served as the principal of Patton Elementary School in Austin, Texas for five years. She was nominated for Austin Independent School District Principal of the Year in 2021.
Dr. Brantley came home to Byron Elementary in 2021, where she continues to help the Eagles SOAR on a daily basis.