Boise School District Announces

Administrative Appointments

Boise, ID -- 01/26/2023 -- Boise School District is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments, effective immediately.

Amy Collinge - Assistant Principal, White Pine Elementary School

For the past twenty years, Amy Collinge has served some of the highest need schools in the western United States. In the Boise School District, Ms. Collinge has served students as a Multilingual Learners Specialist & Co-Teacher (2018 to present); and Secondary Science & Art Teacher (2021). She has also worked as a Dual Language Mentor Teacher (Portland Public Schools, 2014-2018); Dual Language Immersion Teacher - Spanish, 1st Grade (Portland Public Schools, 2010-2014); Literacy Specialist (Teach for America/Phoenix, AZ, 2009); Dual Language Immersion Teacher - Spanish, 1st Grade (Beaverton School District, Beaverton, OR, 2006-2010); Dual Language Immersion Teacher- Spanish, 1st and 2nd grade (Tertulia Pre-College Community, Phoenix, AZ, 2004-2006). Her commitment to service also includes working with nonprofits in schools in Guatemala (2007), Oregon (2003-2004), and the Dominican Republic (2002).

Ms. Collinge brings a deep understanding and demonstrated expertise in early literacy (across grades PK-12), dual language education, coaching, co-teaching and best practices for diverse learners across content areas. She has engaged in intensive preparation for school administration through graduate study, district leadership opportunities, national fellowships and serving as a summer academy administrator (Payette, ID, 2022). Ms. Collinge is a creative, collaborative and compassionate professional educator who believes each student can and will learn if provided with the proper support and resources.  

Ms. Collinge earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR; a Master Degree in Education, Curriculum & Instruction from Arizona State University; Reading Specialist Endorsement, English as a Second Language (ESOL)/Bilingual Endorsement from Lewis & Clark Graduate School; and is expected to earn her Educational Specialist degree in Executive Educational Leadership from Boise State University in Spring of 2023.

Eric Rausch - Assistant Principal, Boise High School 

Eric Rausch has served students in the Boise School District for more than 20 years. During this time he has worked as a junior high school teacher (9th grade/Speech Communication, AVID 8/9 Coordinator), Hillside Junior High School (2001 to 2016) and District Instructional Support Specialist (2016 to present). Mr. Rausch also coached junior high school students in cross-country, basketball, and volleyball.

During his more than two decades of service with Boise public school students, Mr. Rausch has gained significant experience as an interim building administrator throughout the district, designing effective and differentiated curriculum content, developing online courses, and leading professional development training for educators. 

Mr. Rausch has served as an instructional leader by supporting the District’s PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) program that helps foster a responsive and impactful school culture and community. Additionally, he has demonstrated experience in crafting lasting partnerships with teachers and staff members, while working together as a team to offer each student a high-quality comprehensive education preparing them for success in college, career, and in life.   

Mr. Rausch earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from California State University, Chico, CA; a Teaching Certificate with an endorsement in Speech and Social Studies from Boise State University; a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University; and an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho.

Jason Shanks - Counseling Supervisor, Boise School District 

Jason Shanks has 14 years of experience working as a professional in the private mental health field as well as a counselor and principal/assistant principal in the Boise School District. Specifically, Mr. Shanks has worked to support students and families as a Clinical Counselor and Supervisor at Centerpointe Mental and Behavioral Health (2008-2013); Counselor Lead/Assistant Principal, White Pine Elementary School (2022 to present); School Counselor, Riverside Elementary School (2013 to 2022), Trailwind Elementary School (2012-2013); Principal/Assistant Principal, Alternative High School and Alternative Junior High School Summer School (2022, 2021 & 2019).

Mr. Shanks is a positive, energetic leader who prides himself on his ability to build positive relationships with diverse groups of students, staff and families. He believes that these relationships foster an environment where students can grow in their academic, behavioral and personal successes. He believes that all students have the ability to learn and succeed, no matter the circumstances, if they are provided the necessary support.

Mr Shanks has practiced effective strategic, administrative, and school culture leadership in his role as a summer principal/assistant principal. He has also established himself as a well-respected and knowledgeable educator working to support students and families as a school counselor. As a school counselor, Mr. Shanks enjoyed mentoring new-to-district counselors and supervising interns from local universities. Mr. Shanks is dedicated to the District’s Vision of preparing students for a successful future in college, career and in life.  

Mr. Shanks earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration with a Minor in Business Administration from Boise State University; a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Northwest Nazarene University; and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho.

News Media Contact:
Dan Hollar
Public Affairs Administrator
Boise School District
(208) 854-4064

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