Dr. Amanda Sterk

Director of College and Career Advising

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Dr. Amanda Sterk is the Director of College and Career Advising at Method Learning. Through her years of experience, Dr. Sterk has helped thousands of students plan their academic futures, explore career options, and apply and succeed for college admissions and scholarships.

She is co-author of the nationally recognized college admissions workbook, College UnMazed: Your Guide to Navigate the High School to College Maze. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, and Creighton University, Dr. Sterk graduated with a Bachelors in Education, a Master’s in Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.

Born in Iowa, Dr. Sterk taught in high-performing schools in Africa and Latin America before settling in Cape Coral, Florida. Along with her husband, Heath, and two teenage daughters, Eden and Rilah, Dr. Sterk enjoys many outdoor activities in SW Florida, including paddleboarding and biking.

Parent Testimonials

The one-on-one support Dr. Sterk provided during my daughter’s college application process was instrumental. She has a great perspective that helps guide the transition from high school to the collegiate program that will help every student reach their desired career.

Dr. Rafael Alcalde, Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

We found Amanda’s assistance essential for each step of the process. She is well worth the investment! Amanda did review Jessica’s essays and helped her improve them. Jessica applied to out-of-state schools (UVA, Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, Lewis and Clark and Vanderbilt) but did also apply to in-state Florida schools as her first choice was University of Florida. She earned the 100% bright futures and is attending UF for her undergraduate degree in English and plans to pursue law.

Amber Braatz, Finley Wealth Advisors

As parents as well as the karate owners / instructors for Kobayashi Dojo. We have experienced and observed so many high school students along with their parents try to navigate the difficult and complicated college admission process. There are so many steps that must be taken to successfully complete this process correctly. Our job as Karate teachers is to motivate and guide them through what they want to study. Dr. Sterk organizes the admission process smoothly and succinctly with her many years of experience. She has been helping the Dojo, our students, and their parents for many years. We feel the best solutions come from working together as one team. We highly recommend the many benefits that everyone can glean from Dr. Sterk.

Kobayashi Dojo, Inc.

When I kept seeing the number of scholarships come in we just could not believe it. Not only did Marissa have 10 colleges to choose from, but she totaled over $300,000 worth of scholarships. I am amazed at all the options our daughter has even with low test scores and a disability. Dr. Sterk changed our family’s lives.

Tina Katz


College UnMazed: Your Guide to Navigate the High School to College Maze (Published Book), Dr. Richard Lapan, Dr. Timothy Poynton & Dr. Amanda Sterk, 2022-Present

College UnMazed: Your Guide Through the Florida College & University System (Published Book),  Peppertree Publishing,  2017 – Present

College Preparedness & Transformational Teaching: A Case Study for Success for Early Colleges (Dissertation), Creighton University

Redefining College Readiness: What Institutional and National Research Means for the Future of Accelerated Students, (Research Poster & Presentation),  Florida SouthWestern State College

Post Secondary Institutions- Acceptances for 2023

American College

Amherst College

Appalachian State University

Arizona State University

Baylor University

Boston University

Brown University

Brigham Young University

Case Western Reserve University

Catholic University of America

Cornell University

Creighton University

Eckerd College

Elon University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical

Emerson College

Flagler College

Florida A&M University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida International University

Florida Polytechnic University

Florida Southern College

Florida State University

Georgetown University

Georgia Tech University

Grinnell College

Howard University

Jacksonville University

Johns Hopkins University

Johnson & Wales

Lees-McRae College

Lewis & Clark College

Louisiana State University

New College of Florida

Northern Illinois University

Nova Southeastern University

NYU (Stern School of Business)

Oglethorpe University

Ohio State University

Princeton University

Purdue University

Queens University of Charlotte

Rice University

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rollins College

Stanford University

Stetson University

Texas A&M University

University of Arizona

University of California-Davis

University of Chicago

University of East London

University of Florida (Honors & Research Scholars Program)

University of Hawaii of Manoa

University of Iowa

University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

University of Miami

University of Minnesota

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

University of North Florida

University of Oklahoma

University of Pennsylvania- LSM (Life Sciences & Management)

University of Pennsylvania- Wharton Business School

University of South Florida

University of Tampa

University of Virginia

University of West Florida

University of Wisconsin

Vanderbilt University

Virginia Tech

Wesleyan College

Williams College

Yale University