Meet the Team – Angela Bishop

Angela Bishop is the Best Practices business manager and has been with the team for 8 years.  In her role, she handles the financial affairs of the department and supervises the administrative staff.  Before joining Best Practices, Angela earned a B.B.A. in computer information systems from Georgia State University and has since earned her M.B.A in information systems.

What do you like most about working at BP or what drew you/attracted you to working at BP?
I love the atmosphere.  My co-workers are all very different, but we get along very well and support each other.  It is very flexible and laid back but still professional and productive.  No two days are the same, which keeps me from being bored.  I have always enjoyed working with children, but have never done so professionally.  The extent of my experience with B-5 involves teaching children’s church, vacation bible school and babysitting.

What is your favorite children’s book?  What makes it most appealing to you? 
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst.  As a child I could really relate to Alexander, especially being the baby of the family.  I loved how his approach to everything was to move to Australia, but his mom burst his bubble and let him know that bad days can happen in Australia, too.  I can still relate to this book as an adult, but I like the fact that I can see Alexander’s day, his thoughts, and his actions from another point of view now that I am older.

How do you spend your free time?  Any hobbies?  What are they?
I like to travel and experience new places.  I also like to eat with my friends and try new restaurants.  I enjoy physical activities, especially things that are fun and exciting and that seem a little risky, but in actuality are pretty safe (i.e. white water rafting [level 4 or lower], roller coasters, zip lining).  For relaxation, I like to paint (nothing original, just paint-by number or something), read a good book or watch a nice movie (not too dark, not too crude, not too sappy, not to thrilling).  Balanced.  You know, like Home Alone 1 and 2 (we won’t mention 3 or 4).

What is something that most people don’t know about you or would never guess?
Although I play by the rules now, I was a TERROR in preschool. I was the student that you prayed wouldn’t come to school that day.  Once, I was put in time out next to a basket of toys and I hurled every one of them across the room in a rage, yelling that I did not want to be in time out! I would not back down to the class bully and would go head-to-head with him and actually ended up breaking his nose (for which I was uninvited back).  That all changed in kindergarten, though.  I was put in the right environment, and I became a model student.

What is one thing you will never do again?
I was always taught to never say, “Never”, but if I have anything to do with it, I will never go rollerblading down the hill in my cousins’ neighborhood again.  The first (and last) time I tried was traumatic.  My goal was to skate on the flat surface and then walk down the majority of the hill on the grass.  However, the hill became steeper more quickly than I anticipated, and I picked up speed before I could get over to the grass.  I ended up falling really hard in the middle of the street and crawling over to the grass once my body was able to process how to move my legs.  I cracked my helmet, burned a hole in my thick sweatshirt and the t-shirt underneath, and developed a bruise that was visible for almost a year.  I still think about that every time I consider rollerblading outside, hill or no hill, and I have only been on rinks ever since.

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I train Georgia PreK teachers and dabble a bit in the art of blogging. Have an idea for a blog post? Email me at bestpractices@gsu.edu. On the web: www.bestpractices.gsu.edu Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestpracticespk Twitter: @bestpracticespk

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