EU Alumni Perspective: Amanda Adams

Name: Dr. Amanda Adams

Graduation Year: Masters 2015, Ed.D 2021

Major: Educational Leadership, Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction

Current Position: Principal of Choice Programs

City and State: Springfield, MO


Tell us about your career and what you do now.

I began teaching in Springfield Public schools as a science teacher in 2007. In 2014 I became the lead teacher at a magnet school known as the Health Sciences Academy in partnership with Mercy hospital. In 2021, I became the coordinator of choice programs where I supported the development of new programming as well as students and teachers in our current magnet schools. Next year, I will serve 5 programs with just over 380 students as an organizational leader. In the last decade, I have regularly observed what is possible when students learn by connecting with their community to explore their passion through inquiry-based learning and community connections.  I am so grateful for a supportive community and our amazing teachers who make this all possible. I am elated to continue to support students, teachers, families and the community in my new role.


What is your favorite memory from Evangel?

Completing the defense of my dissertation and walking across the stage after completing the doctorate.


How did Evangel help you identify/develop your calling?

Evangel gave me the knowledge, practice and confidence I needed to step into the role I am in today. As a servant leader, I am able to impact more students than I could in the classroom by building up and supporting teachers who have the greatest impact on students academically and socially emotionally.


How did your experience at Evangel prepare you for life after graduation?

As an educational leader, I think Evangel gave me the network I needed to be successful. The curriculum exposed me to the work I would be doing and prepared me for the role. Completing my doctorate was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but the staff and students made the work manageable, and I felt confident and encouraged to keep on going.


What advice would you give a current student preparing for the workforce?

Put your best foot forward and be willing to try new things. Be open, honest and find something you love. If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life. Find your calling and serve where the Lord has placed you.


What would you look for if you were in a position to hire new graduates from Evangel?

A strong work ethic, flexibility, growth mindset, integrity, reflective practitioner, a love for kids and a desire to see student excel.

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