Holly Breidenbach has over 35 years as an educator in the public school system. After graduating from Washington State University in English Education, she began her career as an English teacher. Later, she became very concerned about students who were learning challenged. She used this interest to obtain a master’s degree in special education from the University of Washington. After several years in elementary, middle and high school classrooms, she combined her experience in English and special education in the regular classroom. To broaden her influence, she moved into administration to facilitate other educators in their quest to provide quality education.
Since 2001, she has been serving as coach/facilitator of teachers and administrators who are engaged in school improvement initiatives. Assigned by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction School Improvement Department, Ms. Breidenbach has worked with small, isolated coastal elementary schools, and with urban middle and high schools with as many as 1,900 students. In addition, over the past four years, Ms. Breidenbach has sought to improve her skills as a coach and has worked with the Program for New Principals at Seattle University. She also has worked with two assistant principals in the Seattle School District. Currently, she is excited about her work with the Washington State Leadership Academy, and with coaching administrators for Seattle University as well as the Association of Washintgon School Principals.