Amanda Lake, Founder
Endorsements of Amanda Lake
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, Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator, Collegium Charter School
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, 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, Instructional Coach, Collegium Charter School
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 for all students.
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.
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 educational leadership has been enriched by the research that scholars have conducted on leadership from a wide variety of professions and academic disciplines. 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),
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 work with a number of experienced leaders and consultants who provide specialized support as needed. Lakeside consultants hold graduate degrees, but more importantly, we have experiential backgrounds allowing us to help you solve problems, realize new initiatives, assist with change, or manage a project. The following is a list of job titles we have held over the years, as well as the job titles of colleagues we have supervised:
Director of Educational Services, Director of Student Services, Adjunct College Instructor,
Principal, Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator, Special Education Program Coordinator
Instructional Coach, Mentor Teacher, Lead Teacher, Department Chair, Curriculum Writer,
School Counselor, School Psychologist, Speech Therapist, Attendance Officer
Elementary Teacher, Middle School Teacher, High School Teacher, Special Area Teacher, Special Education Teacher,
Library Media Specialist, School Nurse, Instructional Assistant,
Athletic Director, Before and After School Care Director, and Summer Camp Director.