Jared Lamb

Jared Lamb

Head of School

Mr. Lamb is a dedicated leader who has been working as an educator, in Louisiana, since 2003. He earned a bachelor’s degree, graduating cum laude, from Connecticut College, before beginning his career in education as a math and science teacher. For the past 12 years, he has served as a school principal in New Orleans, most recently as the leader of the K–8, Inspire 42 Charter School. He has a track record of driving student achievement. Under his leadership his schools attained some of the highest academic gains across the city. He has recently relocated to Baton Rouge and he is thrilled to join the team at BASIS Baton Rouge Materra!

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Shannon Spikes

Shannon Spikes

Head of Operations

Shannon Spikes joined BASIS Baton Rouge Materra in 2018 as the Auxiliary Program Coordinator. While in this position, she worked with students, faculty, and parents in a variety of capacities. After three years in this role, she moved into the Head of Operations position. As Head of Operations, she is dedicated to the continuing growth and success of the BASIS Baton Rouge Materra Campus. She is passionate about her unremitting work with incredible BASIS Charter School students, faculty, staff, and community.

Shannon earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University. After graduating, she spent the first eight years teaching in East Baton Rouge Parish schools. This venture gave her the opportunity to witness and consider the vital pieces involved in the educational process. She also noted practices that made schools successful. These elements were essential to her successes as she moved to join BASIS Charter Schools.

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Amanda Marie Black

Amanda-Marie Black

Director of Student Affairs

Amanda-Marie Black started her journey with BASIS Charter Schools in the 2016–2017 school year as a Teaching Fellow for Kindergarten Engineering and Art at BASIS Goodyear. That same year she moved into the English 5 position as the Subject Expert Teacher. She was promoted to Primary Dean before transferring to BASIS Phoenix Central in 2018. She served as the Dean of Students with BASIS Phoenix Central before becoming the Director of Student Affairs. She is excited for the opportunity to join a BASIS Charter School in a different state as the Director of Student Affairs at BASIS Baton Rouge Materra.

Ms. Black enjoys mentoring the students, along with building strong relationships with the teachers, staff and families. She leads by a strong, uplifting, supportive example. Her extensive professional experience within the behavioral health and educational field has allowed her to develop skills that encourage success within people. She believes that a strong community starts with communication and collaboration, and exemplifies this through her actions daily. Ms. Black is a huge proponent for self-love, self-awareness and peace, which are always at the forefront of her teachings and opportunities of mentorship.

Ms. Black holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Literature, Language and Writing, as well as a minor in Journalism, from the University of Kansas.

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