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AVID coordinator and teacher Kati Berreth engages with students in her Bellingham High classroom

AVID students applaud the program for its role in their success 

Ask David Ramos-Trejo about Bellingham Public Schools’ AVID program and his gratitude pours out. A University of Washington graduate in marketing, Ramos-Trejo had no idea college could be an option for him until he enrolled in Shuksan Middle School’s AVID program his sixth-grade year. As a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, he didn’t…

(left to right) Isaac Parsons, Nathan Eisses, teacher Kevin Criez, Addison Getz in front of their state trophies

Sehome robotics team heads to VEX World competition; district middle school students place at state tech conference

The robotics team of Sehome High School juniors Nathan Eisses, Addison Getz and Isaac Parsons placed second in the VEX Washington State championships in March qualifying them to compete in the 2022 Vex World Championships in Dallas, Texas this May. The competition in May is the largest student robotics event in the world where 800…

“A class for someone like me”: Sehome computer science teacher awarded national inclusion fellowship

With technology even more embedded in every aspect of our lives, it’s crucial that the people and companies that create the tools of tomorrow reflect the diversity and complexity of our communities. This drive led Sehome High School’s Jenny Styer, CTE teacher, on a journey of professional development to develop both her skills as a…

Erin Burke, Eva Warner Chazo and Margi Smith

Students tackle the challenges of today through Promise Tomorrow

What would you do if there were no restrictions? This was the question posed by teacher on special assignment Jennifer Lawrence when she reached out to fellow educators looking for colleagues to lead an extended learning experience for students. High school biology teacher Erin Buke, middle school Special Education teacher Eva Warner Chazo and first…

Heidi Carpenter teaches science at Squalicum High School

Eight teachers attain national board certification in 2020, despite pandemic, despite lockdown

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent and nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the quality of teaching and learning. Eight staff members in Bellingham Public Schools earned national board certification in 2020 following an intensive process of teaching and learning professional development. These teachers bring the total number of NBCT staff in the district…

Ashlea Rosinski Shepherd with her computer and a poster of tribal nations

Teacher creativity helps students dig into year-long Washington state history

Teachers at all levels have had to think creatively to engage students in remote learning. Whether it’s creating virtual tours, using interactive online tools, or asking students to write their favorite movie on an interactive slide deck, teachers like Ashlea Shepherd Rosinski, seventh grade social studies teacher at Kulshan Middle School, are going above and…

Emily and Roxana hold their awards.

Lydia Place honors BPS staff with Housing Hero Awards

Local nonprofit Lydia Place recently honored BPS Homeless Liaisons Emily Humphrey-Krigbaum and Roxana Parise during their 2020 Housing Hero Awards on December 3. The online event recognizes local businesses and individuals who have “gone above and beyond this year (2020)”.  Ashley Thomasson, Housing Program Director, presented the awards to Humphrey-Krigbaum and Parise, and the ceremony…