Greg Baker

Greg Baker


Dr. Greg Baker became superintendent of Bellingham Public Schools in July 2010. During his first year, he prioritized partnering with staff, students, families and our community to develop The Bellingham Promise, a living document serving as the district’s strategic plan, a plan that continues to guide the work of our school district every day.

In recognition of his outstanding leadership, Dr. Baker was named the 2019 Washington State Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Association of School Administrators. He was also awarded the 2014 Washington state Crystal Apple Award, in recognition of his commitment to inclusive and transparent communications and The Bellingham Promise.

Prior to leading in Bellingham, he served as a deputy superintendent for Portland Public Schools, as an intern and special assistant to the superintendent of Boston Public Schools and as an administrator for Spokane Public Schools. He began his career in Alaska as a teacher and assistant coach. Dr. Baker earned his doctorate from Harvard University; a master’s degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University; a master’s degree in secondary education from Western Washington University; and a bachelor’s degree with distinction from Gonzaga University. He and his wife live in Bellingham with their three children, who attend or are alumni of Bellingham Public Schools.


Jackie Brawley

Jacqueline Brawley

Executive Director, Communications and Community Relations

Jacqueline Brawley was hired as the Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations in March 2018, after serving as the communications director for five years with Bellingham Public Schools. Brawley graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She worked at KGMI for eight years as a news reporter, morning anchor and later as a program director. Brawley then worked as the director of marketing for Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism for three years. Brawley and her husband live in Bellingham with their two small children.


Mike Copland

Michael Copland

Deputy Superintendent

Dr. Mike Copland joined Bellingham Public Schools in the summer of 2013 to serve as Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. He began his teaching career at Whatcom Middle School, later becoming assistant principal there and went on to lead Shuksan and Fairhaven middle schools as principal during the 1990s.

Dr. Copland served as a lead senior program officer on the U.S. team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation prior to returning to Bellingham. Copland previously served as associate professor and chair of the area of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington College of Education, and directed the Leadership for Learning Ed. D. program there. Earlier, Copland served as a faculty member and director of the Prospective Principals Program at Stanford University.

He graduated from Bellingham High School, and earned his bachelor’s degree in music and master’s degree in school administration, both from Western Washington University. His doctorate is from Stanford University. He and his wife, Brenda, also a Bellingham native and graduate of Bellingham High and WWU, have three grown children.


Kristi Dominguez

Kristi Dominguez

Assistant Superintendent, Teaching and Learning

Kristi Dominguez has been an early learning educator for the past 28 years, serving as both a teacher and an administrator. Early in her career, she taught preschool in the private sector before becoming a child care center director, overseeing programs birth to age five. Dominguez moved to Bellingham in 1991 and attended Western Washington University where she earned her bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Child Development. Dominguez received her master’s degree in literacy in 1998 from Western Washington University. She joined Bellingham Public Schools in 1994 as a kindergarten teacher. Over the next 18 years she taught at Parkview, Geneva and Carl Cozier elementary schools, working with children in kindergarten, first and second grade. Dominguez was one of the district’s first full day kindergarten teachers before continuing her professional career by transitioning to the district office as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator. She has served as a Full Day K consultant in both Washington and Oregon, co-authored Washington State's Full Day K guide and represented Washington on a National Full-Day K Brain Trust sponsored by the GATES Foundation. Currently she is serving on the state’s Early Learning Advisory Council representing K-12 systems for Washington’s Department of Early Learning.


Kurt Gazow

Kurt Gazow

Executive Director, Educational Technology

Kurt Gazow was hired as Executive Director of Educational Technology in January 2014. He previously worked for Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Wash. as the manager of information technology, a senior leadership position for the fifth largest school district in Washington state. He worked for Evergreen from 2005 until he joined Bellingham Public Schools. In Evergreen he was known for using his leadership in information technology to facilitate the creativity and success of students and staff. From 1999-2005, he was technology director for Camas School District. Previously, he worked as Academic Cooperative program manager for Microsoft. Gazow has his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington.



Jay Jordan

Assistant Superintendent, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Jay Jordan was hired as Executive Director of Teaching and Learning in April 2018. Previously, Jordan served as principal at Shuksan Middle School from 2011-15. In 2014, Jordan was the recipient of the Leader of the Year Award for Bellingham Public Schools. Jordan began his educational career in the classroom teaching English from 1996-2005. From 2005-11, he was an assistant principal in Spokane Public Schools. More recently, Jordan worked as a consultant for the New Teacher Center in Santa Cruz, Calif. During the 2017-18 school year, Jordan served as resident to the superintendent of Cambridge Public Schools in Massachusetts. Jordan has a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from Washington State University and a master’s degree in education from City University. He earned his principal certification from Washington State University. In June 2018, Jordan earned his doctorate in education leadership from Harvard University. During his career, Jordan has focused on supporting children who are most in need and helping school leaders develop safe, healthy, and thriving school cultures for students and staff to learn and work.


Bob Kuehl

Bob Kuehl

Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources

Bob Kuehl was hired as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in July 2013. Kuehl worked for the Tumwater School District for 30 years. He was the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources; from 2005-08, the Executive Director of Human Resources; from 2003-05, Director of Capital Projects and District Programs; from 2001-03, Director of Secondary Education; and before that, he was a high school principal, assistant principal and teacher. Kuehl has his superintendent’s credentials from Washington State University, his master’s degree from the University of Puget Sound in administration and his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University. He brings a variety of experience to our school district and a passion for working collaboratively to build strong relationships with staff, labor leaders and our community.


Isabel Meaker

Isabel Meaker

Executive Director, Family Engagement

Isabel Meaker was first introduced to Bellingham Public Schools as an AmeriCorps Volunteer working as a diversity specialist with Woodring College of Education in 2009. In 2011, Meaker was hired as the Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Family Engagement. In 2019, she became the Executive Director of Family Engagement. Meaker has a bachelor's degree in business from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Western Washington University.


Simone Sangster

Simone Sangster

Assistant Superintendent, Finance

Dr. Simone Sangster was hired as Assistant Superintendent of Finance in May 2015. Since 2011, Dr. Sangster worked as the Chief Financial Officer for Lane County School District 4J in Eugene, Ore., and also oversaw nutritional services. Prior, she worked as Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Operations and School Support in Bellevue School District. While working on her doctorate, she conducted research analysis for Education Resource Strategies. She earned her doctorate from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and her bachelor's degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.



Jessica Sankey

Executive Director, Operations

Jessica Sankey was hired as the Executive Director of Operations in April 2020. She has served as our district’s director of wellness since 2015. Sankey is known and respected in many of our schools through her previous position as wellness director and her former position as coordinator of the Whatcom Early Learning Alliance and coordinator of our Farm-to-School Advisory Group. She’s worked in many areas in our community, including the planning and administering of a Pediatric Obesity Task Force from 2007-2009. She has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s from Northwestern University. Sankey also has children in our schools.