Serving all aspects of The Bellingham Promise, equity, diversity, and inclusion supports equitable change in academic, social, and cultural development.  We support teaching & learning, professional development, community engagement, and human resources, co-creating opportunities for growth, dialogue, and access.

Bellingham Public Schools continues to sharpen our focus on equitable change, recognizing the benefits of growth in our community. We are proud to be a constant work in progress.  We are committed to providing and sustaining inclusive education for each young scholar in our system. 

To accomplish our mission, we will develop and support initiatives to:

  • Remove institutional and systemic barriers to success.
  • Increase equitable access to resources.
  • Integrate diverse cultures, heritages, and identities in our classrooms, policies, and practices.
  • Advance and amplify historically silenced voices and stories in education.

monthly newsletters

2021-22 School Year





Janis Velasquez Farmer
Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Lorrie Melton
Executive Administrative Assistant, Teaching and Learning & Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Bethany Barrett
Assistant Principal
360-676-6470 ext. 5209

Isabel Meaker
Executive Director,
Family Engagement

Jay Jordan
Assistant Superintendent,
Teaching and Learning