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Heather Amaral


July 15, 2014

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    Heather Amaral is a Georgia Southern University online instructor of anthropology who likes GSU because of the balance of teaching, learning and research.
    Amaral is from New Port Richey, Florida, which is a suburb of the Tampa Bay/Clearwater area.
    Amaral attended a community college as a high school student and eventually made her way to GSU after transferring.
    “I attended a community college when I was in high school: Pasco-Hernando Community College," Amaral said. "I finished my AA degree at PHCC and then attended the University of South Florida as a psychology major. I transferred to Georgia Southern in 2002 as a psychology major and picked up a second major in anthropology. I attended graduate school at GSU, where I finished my MASS in 2011 with an emphasis in historical archeology."
    Amaral says she has many fond memories from her college career.
    “I became enamored with college as a dual enrollment high school student. I had a wonderful and engaging psychology professor who inspired me to want to learn more,” Amaral said. “When I transferred to GSU, I took Introduction to Anthropology with Dr. Robert Shanafelt. He was also engaging and challenged his students to question things and to be critical thinkers. After that I took a historical archeology course and a field-school in archeology, both with Dr. Sue Moore, and that was it: I was hooked.”
    When it comes to her life’s passions, they center on her family.
    “I am passionate about my family. My husband and I have two sons — Evan, 15, and Alton, 12. The best things I have done in life are being a wife and a mom,” Amaral said.

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