The Idaho New School Fellowship aims to transform education for Idaho’s neediest students by empowering educational leaders who are passionate about improving the prospects of children. We seek to recruit top education talent into the ranks of Idaho’s public school leadership.
The New School Fellowship has supported  six outstanding educators  since 2016 to design, build, and launch high-performing public charter schools in the Idaho communities of Garden City, Caldwell and Fruitland.

Anthony Haskett

Anthony Haskett is a lifelong Idahoan who has spent the past 10 years working in education.  In that time, he spent 7 years working as an elementary teacher serving students in southwest Idaho.  He then became an administrator at Idaho Arts Charter School.  Anthony has always valued lifelong learning, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership from Northwest Nazarene University.  He has also been awarded fellowships from the Boise State Writing Project and 4.0 Schools’ Essentials Program.  Through these fellowships, he learned the importance of using inquiry-based instruction to increase both student engagement and retention of content as well as designing schools to include those who are on the margins of society.

In the past few years, Anthony has seen the visible impact arts education can have on students’ abilities to express themselves and think critically as it is integrated into their everyday experiences at school.  He plans to use his experiences and knowledge to open a STEAM charter school, focused on developing 21st century skills based in collaboration, design thinking, and arts integration.

Steve Lambert

Treasure Valley Classical Academy

A proven and effective school leader, Steve Lambert comes to Idaho to help found and lead Treasure Valley Classical Academy (TVCA), a new school in Payette County.  TVCA will be established as part of the Hillsdale College Barney Charter School Initiative (BCSI).  Previously, Steve was the assistant principal and principal of Atlanta Classical Academy, a BCSI charter school with 630 students and a 67-member faculty and staff.  The school maintained an active 1,200 student wait list.  While serving as principal, the school successfully underwent AdvancED/SACS accreditation as an independent K-12 charter school.

Mr. Lambert retired at the rank of colonel from the U.S. Air Force in May 2014 after a decorated 24-year career.  Previously, he served as the Director of the U.S. Air Force Commanders’ Professional Development School, where he was responsible for preparing over 1,400 senior officers annually for command with an executive-level curriculum spanning a broad range of topics and integrating mentorship from the most senior cadre of Air Force general officers.  Before that, he served as the Vice Commander of the 86th Airlift Wing headquartered at Ramstein, Germany, where he helped lead an organization comprised of over 10,000 Air Force personnel dispersed across three air bases in Germany, Spain, and Belgium.

Other highlights in his career include numerous operational leadership and flying assignments, an assistant professorship with the Department of Military Strategic Studies at the Air Force Academy, flying special air missions in support of the President and his staff as well as members of Congress during the George W. Bush administration, and serving in a variety of national security policy positions at the Pentagon and in Washington D.C.

Mr. Lambert earned his undergraduate degree in political science from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1990.  He is a distinguished graduate from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, where he was awarded an MA in National Security Affairs in 1995.  In 2004, he was selected for a research fellowship at the Center for Strategic Intelligence Research (Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington D.C.) and in 2008 he was chosen to be a National Defense Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts University, Boston).

With his extensive leadership experience and a deep passion for serving students, Mr. Lambert brings a classical school model and culture to offer the families of Payette County a tuition-free education opportunity of a lifetime.

Monica White

Co-Founder, Elevate Academy

Monica White has been in the education profession for 15 years.  During this time, she has served as a teacher, coach, principal and assistant superintendent. She believes that there is genius in all of us and that the best way to create success is to ensure that people have the tools to work and live with passion and purpose. Monica is an inspired and passionate educator who is committed to being an advocate for teachers, and even more importantly, students.  She’s a problem-solver who will work tirelessly with her team to find opportunities and resources to help all students become successful.

Monica believes in empowering people, and she works intentionally to empower her staff so that they can deliver the best education to students. When offering professional development opportunities, Monica spends equal time building the staff up personally, improving their professional efficacy, and having fun and coming together as a team.

Monica is Co-Founder of Elevate Academy, a proposed public charter school intends to train and create a pipeline of highly-skilled, employable workers that meet the needs of Idaho industry and business, while empowering students to be leaders in their own lives.

Matt Strong

Co-Founder, Elevate Academy

Matt Strong has been an educator since 1995. His tenure includes time at Weiser Middle School, Skyview High School and Caldwell High School before becoming the assistant principal at Canyon Springs High School. Matt has been deeply involved in athletics; coaching football at every level, including his current position as an assistant football coach at the College of Idaho. He was formerly a District 3 basketball referee. Matt is very community minded and serves with Caldwell Proud, a community improvement organization, and Go Purple, a College/Community collaboration initiative. As an assistant principal, Matt has been an instrumental part in transforming Canyon Springs High School from a school in need of restructuring to a school that has become a model throughout the state of Idaho.

Matt is a master at working with and reaching at-risk students.  He has a gift for making them believe in their potential, and providing them the opportunity and resources necessary to reach it.  Matt’s strengths lie in community relations and recruitment, classroom management and school culture.

Matt is Co-Founder of Elevate Academy, a proposed public charter school intends to train and create a pipeline of highly-skilled, employable workers that meet the needs of Idaho industry and business, while empowering students to be leaders in their own lives.

Amanda Cox

Co-Founder, Future Public School

Amanda Cox is a first generation college graduate and native of the Northwest. In 2007, she began her career in education as a Teach For America corps member. She spent four years teaching in rural North Carolina. Amanda is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and currently serves on the national advisory council for the Native Alliance Initiative. Amanda served as a Director of Teacher Leadership Development for TFA South Carolina. Amanda graduated from Whitworth College with a B.A. in Sociology, with an emphasis in Social and Cultural Analysis, as well as an Ed. M in Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Amanda is Co-Founder of Future Public School, a public charter school in Garden City with a future-focused view of learning and a deep commitment to community, equity, and diversity.

Brad Petersen

Co-Founder, Future Public School

Brad Petersen taught and designed curriculum for KIPP Houston Public Schools from 2013-16. Brad graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2012, speaks fluent Spanish, and started teaching as a Teach For America corps member in 2013. He founded and ran an after-school computer science club in partnership with Google, and also co-founded and led a technology startup focused on empowering student voice. Brad recently competed for, and won, a highly competitive new school development grant from 4.0 Schools. This ‘Tiny Fellowship’ will support the planning and launch of an after-school computer science program in a Treasure Valley community. Brad is committed to starting a high-performing elementary school in an underserved region of the Boise area. His school will have a STEM focus and prepare students for the finest secondary schools, universities and careers by offering a personalized, technology-enthused curriculum for each student.

Brad is Co-Founder of Future Public School, a public charter school in Garden City with a future-focused view of learning and a deep commitment to community, equity, and diversity.

Follow Our Fellows

In this first installment of our Follow our Fellows series, watch as Amanda and Brad bring Future Public School from idea to bricks and steel.