Amanda Orlando Kesterson
Bachelor of Arts, Boston College, Class of 2001
Master of Arts in Teaching English, Salem State College, Class of 2005
Amanda was born in Gloucester and raised on Cape Ann. She graduated from Manchester High School, class of 1997. During her high school years, Amanda was president of the Debate team; Class Vice President for four years; a varsity cheerleader; and chosen by her peers to lead the Peer Educators and National Honor Society. As a junior, Amanda was selected by the faculty at MHS to represent the school at Girls State, in addition to being the recipient of the Harvard Book Prize. At Boston College, Amanda volunteered weekly at a church in South Boston, helping to run an after school program for neighborhood children whose parents were at work, and worked in several local high schools assisting teachers in their English departments-including in Brighton and Revere.
Amanda began her career as a high school English teacher at Manchester-Essex Regional High School, teaching British and American literature to 10th and 11th grade students. In the five years she worked as a teacher, she served as the faculty advisor to the student yearbook; National Honor Society, and Beta Society. She also was the co-coordinator for the high school’s MCAS testing program, as well as a faculty representative for NEASC-the New England Association of Schools and Colleges-where she learned about the accreditation process for New England high schools. While working as a teacher, Amanda also attained a Master of Arts in Teaching English from Salem State College, graduating in May of 2005.
Amanda began working at Orlando & Associates as an administrative assistant in January of 2006 on a part time basis. Her role at the firm grew to encompass marketing and legal assistant work, ultimately became a permanent, full time position as office manager. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Gloucester since 2015, and is the co-chair of the Rotary Annual Pancake Breakfast. Amanda is also the firm’s representative to the Cape Ann Business Alliance.
Amanda is the proud mother to three sons. She is engaged to be married to Gloucester native Russell M. Morris. In June of 2017, Amanda was elected to be the MA GOP State Committeewoman for the 1st Essex and Middlesex District. Amanda was appointed by Governor Baker in 2017 to be a member of the Public Education Nominating Council, which advises the Governor on appointing professors in our public universities, and as a citizen participant on the Child Advocate Advisory Board, which meets a few times per year to discuss our state agencies and how they can effectively support children’s needs.
Amanda can be reached via email at [email protected]