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AMG Gilly Land Family FarmAmelia Maness-Gilliland, PhD

Amelia is a professor of education, she has been teaching in higher education for more than 20 years.  During this time, Amelia has focused her research on critical thinking, learning styles, and the use of emerging technology in higher education. Currently, Amelia teaches distance education courses as adjunct faculty.
With a masters in health and physical education, Amelia has enjoyed the opportunity to teach fitness classes over the years and partner with individuals to cultivate strategies and habits to lead healthier lives. She ties taking care of health and fitness needs to being better able to answer Gods call for our lives.
Writing has been a consistent thread throughout Amelia’s life having published works in the education industry including academic articles, research studies and textbooks. Over the years her writing has broadened beyond the limits of academia to focus more on her Catholic faith, personal essays and story telling. Three years ago, Amelia and her husband felt Gods calling to home school their three youngest children, primarily to meet the needs of their dyslexic son who was not thriving in a structured school environment and their desire to ground their children’s learning in their Catholic faith.. This decision has allowed them to focus on meeting the individual needs and learning styles of each of their children while serving as role models in their children’s lives with the goal of raising disciples. Their Catholic faith permeates all areas of their lives with Christ being their primary role model.
Amelia is a member of The Catholic Writers Guild and National Council of Catholic Women. She is a contributor at Heart of Mary for Women who offers free daily devotions and she is the Director of Religious Education at her church parish. Amelia is a married mom to six children. She lives on their family farm in Alabama where she can be found making goats milk soap, growing things, and wrangling children, goats and chickens.