Two preschool students work on art. One girl has pink stickers.

Inclusive preschool builds friendship in Bellingham schools

For the past five years, Bellingham Public Schools has offered an inclusive preschool program at Alderwood and Cordata elementary schools. The program includes opportunities for typically developing children and children with developmental delays or disabilities. “We want to invest in early learning at the preschool level and really provide more inclusive opportunities for children with…

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…

Dan takes a selfie video while kite surfing on blue-green water, blue sky in background.

Alumni and others working in sports visit virtual physical education (PE) classrooms

This fall, as PE teachers grappled with how to teach physical fitness and activities online, high school Physical Education (PE) teachers decided to use the opportunity to bring in monthly guest speakers using video conferencing. PE teacher Kristin Siemion, with help from fellow PE teacher Mark Parrish, tapped Bellingham Public Schools alumni as well as…

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…