About Our Principal

Amanda L. Hammond Williams, or Ms. Amanda, began as principal at Birney Elementary in 2002. Ms. Amanda was born in the United Kingdom, moving to Los Angeles, California, in her teens. After graduate school at UCSD, she chose to make San Diego her home where she raised her family, sending both her children through the San Diego High IB Pathway.

Ms. Amanda speaks both English and Spanish. She completed a BA and MA in Spanish Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, and graduate studies earning her a MPIA degree in Public Policy with a focus on Latin American studies at University of California, San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy.

Known as an experienced teacher and principal, she is recognized for excellence in educational leadership and strategic planning for school transformation. She led the Birney community to transform the school into a successful International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and under her leadership the school has been named a California Distinguished School in 2010, 2019 and 2021.

Ms. Amanda works to know, support and celebrate each child and staff member as an individual. She inspires the Birney learning community to develop lifelong learners with the skills, attitudes, and ability to make our world a better and more peaceful place to learn, play, and explore.

Contact Ms. Amanda anytime at [email protected]

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