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A Shanks

Amanda Shanks
School counselor
Students with Last Names A-K

Rachel Porter, L.C.S.W.
School counselor in training
Students with Last Names L-Z

Before LEAD:

2006-2018: Renner Elementary School Counselor, Park Hill School District
2002-2006: Foreign Language Exploratory Program Teacher, Liberty Middle School, Liberty, MO 

Building individual relationships and helping all students reach their fullest potential is at the heart of what I do as a school counselor. LEAD provides the atmosphere for individualization and support for each student to succeed and is why I have chosen LEAD!

I am most looking forward to helping all students along their high school journey to be college/career and life ready!  As a former elementary counselor, I often wondered what happened to former students and how they were succeeding in life during and after high school.  I am so excited to have the opportunity help guide students through their high school journey; to help them gain the knowledge and experience needed in order for college and/or career readiness and success in life!

A little about me; I am a wife and mother of 2 boys, TJ- age 11, and Tyson- age 9.  I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky but graduated from high school in Liberty, MO.  I am a proud graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, where I majored in K-12 Education and Spanish.  While teaching the Foreign Language Exploratory Program at Liberty Middle School, I realized school counseling was my calling and pursued my Master’s Degree in School Counseling from UMKC.  I love learning about people, cultures, and traveling.  In my spare time, you can catch me at a kids sporting event, hanging out with my family, or in the car where I am probably performing taxi services for the above mentioned kids!


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