Meet the Peer Assistants
Peer Assistants are experienced certificated employees who have mastered their craft, are dedicated to promoting excellence in the teaching profession, and have interest in working closely with colleagues to improve the quality of their instruction.
Amanda Holland has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University and a BS in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She received her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Idaho as a Wright Fellow. Recently, she has received a Math Consulting Teacher Endorsement from Boise State. Amanda has taught first and second grades for the last 13 years at Shadow Hills Elementary. As a Boise State Writing Project Fellow, she learned the importance of articulating teaching practice through action research in her classroom.
Amanda has served on many committees and has been on training and leadership teams across the district. Her classroom is a laboratory utilizing data and best practices as well as a place to develop student teachers and teacher interns. Amanda has a passion for developing a professional and classroom vision and articulating professional practice. She looks forward to helping others develop a love for teaching and strong reflective and professional practices.
Michelle Bishop kicked off her teaching at an alternative high school in Utah and then taught special education at White Pine and Hawthorne Elementary Schools before becoming a sixth grade teacher at Garfield. Most recently she spent the past 14 years at North Junior High teaching seventh and eighth grade reading.
In addition to her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in English teaching with a minor in Special Education, Michelle earned her Masters in Literacy from Boise State University. She was a National Writing Project Fellow in 2007 and has served on numerous committees for curriculum writing and school leadership. Over the last few years she presented for the district several times on differentiation as well as co-presented at the national WIDA conference in Las Vegas.
Michelle has mentored several teachers over the years in addition to BSU and NNU students. She engages students via a variety of lessons and activities and is adept at integrating technology into her lessons. She believes that incorporating routines, structure, and increasing lesson engagement can alleviate many classroom management difficulties. She is excited to continue working with teachers as a peer assistant.