• Develop criteria and process for selection of districtwide staff and community partners annual Promise Awards and revise, if necessary.
  • Propose districtwide staff and community partners annual Promise Award recipients to the superintendent.

Committee Type:

  • The Promise Awards Advisory Group is approved to do specific annual work.


  • Each spring, the Promise Awards Advisory Group meets to set criteria for the annual Promise Awards and score nominees.

Committee Members:

  • Sam Stapleton-Cousens, Bellingham Family Partnership Program Kindergarten Teacher
  • Laura Murdzia, Happy Valley Elementary School Administrative Assistant
  • Wendy Albrecht, Parkview Elementary School Paraeducator
  • Robin Russell, Roosevelt Elementary School Special Education Teacher
  • Adam Shaffer, Kulshan Middle School Library Media Specialist
  • Ronni Weston, Options High School Special Education Teacher
  • Kim Kirk, Sehome High School Social Studies Teacher/Dean of Students
  • Cristina Manterola, Family Liaison at Cordata and Shuksan
  • Jeff Tetrick, Director of Teaching and Learning – Career and Technical Education
  • Jennifer Gaer, Volunteer Coordinator
  • James Hayes, Community Representative
  • Laura Plaut, Community Representative
  • Advisory Group Chair, Jacqueline Brawley