Endorsements of Amanda Lake
Ms. Lake’s trainings and presentations have been well prepared, accompanied by helpful materials, and balanced between her presentation of content and facilitation of small and large group discussions and learning opportunities. Her competency and expertise in content areas, along with her respectful and responsive manner have made her a favorite guest of the CASA staff.
~ Leigh Anne McKelvey, LSW, MSW, Executive Director
CASA Youth Advocates, Inc.
Amanda sees the connectedness among people, departments, and ideas. She excels at building relationships and uses the strengths of her team to come up with the most efficient and innovative solutions and ideas.
~ Rebecca Ratti, Ed.D., Curriculum and Assessment Supervisor
Collegium Charter School
Ms. Lake is an invaluable asset to any organization and I highly recommend her for her integrity, work ethic, and commitment to the task at hand. I have also received many compliments from the many educators she has assisted as well.
~ Ana Meyers, BBA, Executive Director
Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools
Amanda's "big-picture" perspective allows her to be an effective leader. Her ability to form relationships and connect ideas and objectives at multiple levels make others excited to work with her. Her style of leadership and professionalism make any working environment enjoyable.
~ Matthew McCain, MPA, Athletic Director
Coatesville Area Senior High School
What’s remarkable about Amanda is her ability to manage a team in a way that feels like a collaboration rather than an agenda. Amanda can prioritize the must-do items, while entertaining new ideas at the same time.
~ Nicole Radway, M.Ed., Instructional Coach
National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT)
Amanda Lake | Founder, Consultant and Coach
Amanda founded Lakeside Leadership Services in 2017, and since then the company has provided consultation and support to non-profit organizations, school leaders, new school founders, and educational advocacy networks. Our consultants share a passion for leadership development, organizational culture, instructional innovation, curriculum development, and educational excellence.
As a current doctoral student in Regent University's Doctorate of Strategic Leadership program, Amanda has the benefit of participating in a cohort of students made up of executive leaders from businesses and organizations all over the world. Her perspective on organizational leadership has been enriched by the research that scholars have conducted on leadership from a wide variety of professions and academic disciplines. Her focus on learning and development has enabled her to not just identify practical research-based solutions to her client’s challenging problems, but to also provide the support that her clients need to learn and implement these best practices in their own organizations.
Amanda’s experience in organizational leadership began in 2001 as a Middle School Math Teacher in a growing charter school in Pennsylvania. As the school grew, Amanda also grew professionally, starting out as a Lead Teacher, then obtaining her Principal Certification, and serving as both an Assistant Principal and Principal before becoming the Director of Educational Services. Her role as the Director of Educational Services provided her with the opportunity to develop the school’s present-day leadership team, as she was tasked with mentoring and coaching the school's new principals and school administrators. Amanda’s work as an instructor for online graduate-level courses in educational leadership provided her with the opportunity to help prepare teachers for successful careers in school administration. The courses Amanda facilitated focused on the Principal's role in the recruitment and selection of new employees, as well as the evaluation and development of faculty and staff. Amanda found it extremely rewarding to help the next generation of school leaders learn to think critically about their experiences in education, develop their leadership philosophies, and strengthen necessary skills for successful school administration. Her time as a graduate course instructor also provided her with the chance to learn valuable lessons from the successes and challenges that educators experience in schools throughout the United States.
Since 2015, Amanda has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the foster care system, which continues to be a challenging, but extremely rewarding, experience! When she needs a break from researching, reading, and writing, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and church community, gardening, taking long walks in the woods with her dog, practicing photography, and fly fishing.
Doctorate of Strategic Leadership (DSL), Learning and Development, In Progress
M.A., Educational Leadership and
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
BSED, Elementary Education, 1999
• Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach
• Principal, PK-12, Administrative (PA)
• Mid-Level Mathematics, Instructional Level II (PA)
• Elementary Education, Instructional Level II (PA)
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Phi Delta Kappa International
Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools
Association for Talent Development
Society For Human Resource Management
Amanda is fortunate to partner with a number of experienced leaders and consultants who provide specialized support as needed. Lakeside consultants hold graduate degrees and certifications, but more importantly, we have experiential backgrounds allowing us to help you solve problems, realize new initiatives, assist with change, or manage a project.