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Lake Park High School District 108 Appoints New Principal for 2020-21

Amanda Brode-Rico named Principal effective July 1, 2020 During a monthly meeting hosted virtually on May 18, the Lake Park High School District 108 Board of Education unanimously voted to approve Amanda Brode-Rico as Lake Park’s next principal, effective July 1. She will replace Dr. Dominic Manola, who will become principal at East Leyden High School.


“Ms. Brode-Rico demonstrates an enthusiastic and collaborative spirit that will be instrumental in fostering a strong and positive culture, especially during these unprecedented times. The Board of Education is impressed by her strong instructional background, experience with academic interventions, and the pride she takes in student success,” stated School Board President Barbara Layer.


Brode-Rico, a native of Schaumburg, brings 17 years of experience as an educator, including 15 years as a high school teacher. She served as a teacher and team leader for 13 years at Curie Metro High School, a large comprehensive high school in Chicago of over 2800 students. During the 2018-2019 school year, she served as resident principal of Infinity Math, Science, and Technology High School in Chicago. This school year, Brode-Rico serves as the Assistant Principal at Proviso West High School in Hillside where she manages athletics, activities, and parent engagement. She is also responsible for leading the Freshman Success Team and supervising the English and World Language Departments.


Currently a doctoral candidate in the Urban Education Leadership Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Brode-Rico holds an M.A. in Special Education from Concordia University in River Forest, an M.A. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a B.S. in History and Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is fluent in Spanish and is an avid marathon runner. 


According to Superintendent Elect Dr. Jeff Feucht, "Throughout several rounds of interviews that culminated with three diverse stakeholder groups of students, parents, teachers, coaches, Board Members, and community representatives, Ms. Brode-Rico demonstrated a distinct dedication to the success of all students, a spirit of servant leadership, and past successes in supporting teams of teachers. Leaders at her prior districts described her as a visible leader who will be committed to building strong relationships with students, staff, and parents in our Lancer Community." 


Brode-Rico commented, “Throughout the interview process, I was continually impressed by the dedicated and closely-knit individuals who participated on the panels. I welcome the opportunity to join the Lancer Community and look forward to helping lead Lake Park High School to continued success.”


She and her husband, a teacher and coach, are proud parents of their 10-year-old daughter. The family resides in Chicago.