Phone: 651-793-7300 X41014
Degrees and Certifications:
• Bachelor of Science; Foundations of Elementary Education (University of Minnesota, 2015) • Master of Education; Elementary Education (University of Minnesota, 2016) • Minnesota Teaching License; Elementary Education K-6
Ms. Amanda Bartholf
Hello JAJ scholars and families!
My name is Amanda Bartholf (Bar-Toff) and I am the Science Specialist at John A. Johnson A+ Elementary. This will be my fourth year teaching and I am excited to continue working here as part of the JAJ family.
Personal: I am originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin where I spent my entire childhood growing up. So yes, I am and will continue to be a huge Green Bay Packers fan! I currently live in Roseville where I like to frequent the many restaurants, watch movies at the AMC theater, and take care of my two cute cats named Yuki and Kairi. On the weekends, I enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons and watching anime with friends. One of my biggest passions is traveling. I have been to 14 different countries so far and I hope to continue visiting new destinations and widening my world perspectives and experiences. The picture here is the first time I ever left the United States and went to Thailand to learn more about the Hmong and Karen culture.
Education: I have always had a genuine curiosity about the world around me, especially the sciences. I actually kept a personal notebook at home and filled it with science facts I either learned from my library books, the TV, or my teachers. When I was 18, I moved to Minnesota and began attending the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In five years, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education. I loved the diverse community and culture so I decided to stay and begin my teaching career. I began as a substitute teacher and taught in almost every elementary, middle, and high school in the Saint Paul School District. I had the great privilege of being recognized as Substitute of the Month: November. It was not long after that I was invited to teach at John A Johnson in 2017, where I hope to be for many years to come.
My Teaching Philosophy: Science is incredibly important because as children grow up in an increasingly technologically and scientifically advanced world, they need to be scientifically literate to succeed. My job is to encourage your child to think, wonder, learn, solve problems, and make informed decisions. These skills are integral to every aspect of a student’s education and life, from school to career. In my room, I use inquiry-based learning. This means I present investigations or events that are EXCITING and makes students want to learn more and figure out WHY something is happening that may conflict with what they already believe to be true. It is LESS of me telling them what to know and MORE of having them find the answers for themselves.
I look forward to meeting many of you as we work together throughout the year. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions you may have. I also welcome you to reach out if you want to come volunteer in the science lab. We are always looking for families to come join in on our investigations.