Alumni News & Notes

Winter 2009-2010

Evelyn Buckley

(Cert. '28, B.A.E. '44) celebrated her 103rd birthday on December 13th, 2009. , She worked in the Shoreline School District until 1972, when she started her own tutoring service for dyslexic students.

Ken Benny

(B.A.E. ' 73, M. Ed. '79) was recognized as the Marin County California Educator of the Year. Benny has served as the superintendent of the Mill Valley School District for the last 5 years.

Lori Jenkins and Tom Robinson

(B.A.E. '85 and M.Ed. '94) were featured in a January 13th article in the Lake Chelan Mirror highlighting teachers in the area who have received national board certification.

Margaret Rojas

(B.A.E. '00) was appointed to a second 5 year term on the Skagit Valley College Board of Trustees by Governor Christine Gregoire.

Mary Ruth Edwards

(Cert. '05) is running for the Washington State U.S. Representative 4th Congressional District. Edwards is a former U.S. Marine who currently teaches in Prosser.

Mary Simmons

(Cert. '02) was highlighted in a December 1st HeraldNet article for a book she wrote called Discipline Me Right: Tips from Teens for Parents. , The book is a compilation of 5 years worth of student responses to a class assignment on what parents should know about discipline.

Tammy Berg

(M. Ed. CCE '04) currently serves as the Director of International Operations of Childcare Worldwide (CCW). , This non-profit organization provides educational and nutritional assistance to developing countries. , Over the past three years Tammy has assisted in Haiti at least once or twice a year.

In Memoriam

Doris Jean Chorvat

passed away this January at the age of 91. She will be remembered for her many years of teaching at Lowell Elementary in Bellingham.

Frederick E. Ellis Sr.

(Cert.) passed away on February 5th, 2010 at the age of 93. Mr. Ellis and his brothers were responsible for conserving nearly 1,300 acres in the San Juan Islands, many of which are protected by conservation easements, which are permanent restrictions on development.

James Willard McCallum

(B.A.E.) passed away on March 4th, 2010 at the age of 83. During his teaching career Jim worked as the Athletic Director of Central School for 16 years.

Robert E. (Bob) Bowman

(Cert. '53) passed away on January 6th, 2010 at the age of 79. Bob had a very successful career as an educator, working in Washington, Oregon, and California.

Rose Marie Hawkins

(Cert. '41) passed away on January 16th, 2010 at the age of 91. Rose taught in the Sedro Woolley School District for 17 years

Fall 2009-2010

Blake Conley

(M. Ed. 2008) was named as the head coach of Kingston High School's basketball team. , Despite his young age, Mr. Conley as gained experience from working as a coach at Sehome High School, and as an assistant at Whitworth University's summer basketball camp. ,  ,Conley says he is "excited to see kids change their work habits and for us to become a team".

Bob Eager

(Cert. '71) was voted as "Harborite of the Year" by the Aberdeen Museum of History. , Mr. Eager taught history at Wishkah High School from 1975 until his retirement in 2008, and is being awarded for his long dedication and passion to making history "come alive" for the area's students.

Brian Schmidt

(Masters) was featured in a "Meet your local educator" piece in the Record Journal. , Brian teaches 6th grade at Mountain View Elementary School in Ferndale.

Dan McShane

(Cert. '84) is running for election to the Whatcom County Council. , Dan received a bachelor's and master's degree from WWU, and has taught at the middle school, high school, and university levels.

Dean Roberts

(B.A.E.) was profiled in an October article by the Peninsula Gateway Newspaper. , Dean has taught American Sign Language at Gig Harbor High School for the past three years.

Gordon Bowman

(B.A.E.) is a candidate for the Eatonville Chamber of Commerce Town Council. , Bowman has lived in Eatonville for 20 years, where he works as a pastor and firefighter/EMT.

Jennifer Weddle

(M.I.T. '09) of the Tonasket School District was featured by the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune. , Jennifer teaches science at Tonasket Middle School, and received her masters in teaching certificate from Woodring.

Joan Bartlett Clyde

(B.A.E. Ed. '62), was highlighted in a NW Prime Time article about the value of lifelong friendships.

Megan Marie Larson

(B.A.E. '03) was married to Samuel Hammer on Saturday, October 17th, 2009. , Marie is currently a teacher in the Snohomish School District.

Melissa McDowell

(B.A. Spanish, Cert.) was named as one of the Rotary Teachers of the Month by the Renton Reporter. , Melissa has taught in the Renton School District for the past eight years.

Michael Webb

(Cert. '62), the incumbent for Whatcom County's Water District 7's board of commissioners is re-running for the position. , Mr. Webb has served for two years after replacing the previous commissioner Donna Collier.

Mike "Coach" Compton

(Cert. '73) was featured in a November 25th, 2009 article for his lifelong work as a high school football and wrestling coach, most recently in La Conner.

Mike Town

(B.A.E. '85 Secondary/Biology), won the K-12 Educator of the Year Award, at the 2009 North American Association for Environmental Education Conference, held Oct. 7-10 in Portland, Ore. , The award is presented to an individual who is recognized for their efforts in promoting environmental education and utilizing the environment as a context for learning in their teaching.  , ,Town teaches AP Environmental Science at Redmond (Wash.) High School. , His Cool Schools Challenges energy monitoring program has become nationally recognized and helped boost the school's reputation as a leader in environmental education.