Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Amanda Lyden

Mrs. Lyden is a graduate of South Sumter High School where she graduated with honors.  She attended College of Central Florida where she obtained her Associates in Arts degree as well as her Associates in Science in Nursing.  She was the youngest student in her class and after graduation, she started working at Leesburg Regional Medical Center on the Medical Unit.  She worked 6 years on the Medical Unit before transferring to the Labor and Delivery unit.  Mrs. Lyden worked on L & D for 2 years before coming to South Sumter High School. She has been teaching at South Sumter High School since 2012.  Mrs. Lyden has a passion for the medical profession and for sharing her knowledge with the students in the Medical Career Academy classes.  She has a very successful program and currently a 100% pass rate on all of the Industry Certification exams offered in her program

Mrs. Lyden is also the Advisor for the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) student organization here at SSHS.  HOSA is a club in which students interested in the medical field can explore  different career options as well as compete at state and national levels in different areas of medicine.  Students also development social and leadership skills through their interaction with other students around the state and nation.  Since beginning the club at SSHS in 2016, students in the club have competed at State level each year.  We have also had a student elected to serve as the Regional officer for our area.  Mrs. Lyden has been selected as the HOSA State Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award twice.  The organization has almost trippled in size since 2016 and continues to grow.

When Mrs. Lyden is not teaching at SSHS, she does continues to practice nursing a few days a month to keep up her skills and knowledge.  She also enjoys hunting and fishing with her wonderful husband and 2 beautiful girls.  She is a lifelong resident of Sumter County and is very proud to call it HOME.