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Happy Valley PE teacher Melanie Flink with fourth grader Lyla who is the artist of the sign hanging on the door

Inspired and inspiring, Happy Valley educator recognized with state PE award

Her student Jesse says she is the “best PE teacher in the world!” And, according to her colleagues in physical education, this is an absolutely true statement. Melanie Flink, physical education specialist at Happy Valley Elementary School and elementary PE department chair in Bellingham Public Schools, has been named the 2021 Physical Education Teacher of…

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…

Logan Foy outside Bellingham High School, July 2020

Bellingham High 2020 ASB President Logan Foy receives leadership honor 

Bellingham High School senior and ASB president Logan Foy has gotten a promotion. He will keep serving as a student who leads, but this time for much of the western United States.  The Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL) and the National Association of State Student Council Executive Directors (NASSCED), named Logan to represent the AWSL student advisory council for the 2020 cohort of “Student Presidents CONNECT.”  “Logan is a huge positive…