• 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:

  • Andrew Forhan, Communications Technician Specialist (Advisory Group Chair)
  • Jacqueline Brawley, Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations (ex-officio)
  • Sam Stapleton-Cousens, Bellingham Family Partnership Program Kindergarten Teacher
  • Laura Murdzia, Happy Valley Elementary School Administrative Assistant
  • Robin Russell, Roosevelt Elementary School Special Education Teacher
  • Kim Kirk, Sehome High School Social Studies Teacher/Dean of Students
  • Cristina Manterola, Family Liaison at Cordata and Shuksan
  • Chesed Reyes, Squalicum High School Paraeducator
  • Colin Cushman, Sehome High School Activities & Athletics Coordinator
  • Nelly Schonborn, Birchwood Elementary School Spanish Teacher and Multilingual Learner Specialist
  • Jessica Sankey, Executive Director of Operations
  • Jennifer Gaer, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Kate Wearn, Community Representative
  • Grace Munson, Community Representative
  • Laura Corker, Community Representative
  • James Hayes, Community Representative