Amanda Aiken is the Founder and CEO of A.Leigh Solutions, an educational consulting group that works with schools locally and nationally provide solutions around school turnaround strategies, leadership development, CMO strategy, recruitment, and the implementation of trauma informed practices. Previously, Amanda served as the Senior Director of Schools for New Orleans College Prep Charter Schools. Before taking on this role in May 2016, Amanda was the Principal of Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep. In her first year as Principal, Amanda along with her incredible team of educators, catapulted Crocker College Prep from being the lowest performing school in the city of New Orleans to the most improved school in the city.
After two years, Crocker was able to grow from a low F to a C and is on track to be a B within 4 years. Crocker has also gained local and national recognition for its trauma informed and restorative justice practices, an initiative that Amanda started and led as Principal. Amanda is also an Adjunct Professor with Relay Graduate School of Education and serves as an Internship Coach with the Summer Principals' Academy with Teachers College, Columbia University. Amanda is a Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude graduate of Spelman College, where she earned her BA in Child Development/Teacher Certification. She obtained her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University.