Amanda Anne Beafore Abbott is currently a resident of Bridgeport, but is a native of Monongah, West Virginia. She is the daughter of Anthony and Julie Beafore, the granddaughter of the late Albert and Joyce Carlot Pellillo and the late Anthony John and Lucille Debate Beafore. She is a 1998 graduate of East Fairmont High School.
She started her journey into higher education at Fairmont State College in the fall of 1998. As a student at Fairmont State College, Amanda worked as the student assistant in the Office of Public Relations from 1998 to 2002. She kept the office running, helped with numerous alumni events, and brightened the day for everyone who knew her.
Following in her mother and grandmother’s path, she became a third generation registered nurse, earning an Associate Degree in Nursing in 2002. While working full-time at Fairmont General Hospital in the Special Care Unit, Amanda earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Fairmont State University in 2004.
Learning early that nursing has endless possibilities, Amanda sought to broaden her nursing knowledge at West Virginia University Hospital. As a Registered Nurse who worked in a progressive Post Anesthesia Care Unit, she toiled collaboratively and efficiently with the anesthesia team to care for patients with varying levels of acuity. Amanda is most known for her vigilance and attention to detail.
While working in the post anesthesia care unit, she developed an interest in anesthesia. She went on to graduate school at Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia. After an intense thirty-month program, she graduated in July 2009 with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Nurse Anesthesia.
In January of 2010, Amanda seized a “back seat” to clinical practice and soared into teaching. She has had the opportunity to work with students from Mountain State University, Salem International University, Fairmont State University and most recently West Virginia Junior College. This direction in her career steered her to where she is today, accepting the Nursing Program Director’s position at West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown, WV.
Amanda also holds a post-master’s certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Massachusetts Boston and is enrolled to pursue her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Chamberlain College of Nursing in January of 2017.
She was also chosen to receive the Outstanding Young Alumna Award for the year 2010 by the Fairmont State Alumni Association.
Amanda has been active in West Virginia University Extension’s 4-H Program since 1990 in both county and state levels. She still participates each year by attending state 4-H camp at Jackson’s Mill in Jan Lew, West Virginia, volunteering as camp nurse.
Amanda is married to Matthew Lee Abbott and they reside in Bridgeport with their daughter Kaitlyn.