Stories from our Schools, Sept. 2018: Educators in Action

Bellingham Public Schools educators are always in action (#teachfromtheheart), and we’d like to share some of their accomplishments over the summer. Please click on the links below to read each story on our Bellingham Promise website.

If you have news to share, please submit your story.


Roosevelt teacher gives us a glimpse into lessons of the heart

Jackie Brown

Roosevelt Elementary School teacher Jackie Brown calls it “the face of trauma” when a student enters her classroom with a complicated family life and sometimes devastating childhood experiences…Her essay Daughter of Addiction was published this summer in “Teaching Tolerance” magazine. Read more…


Michelle Wilhelm named 2018 GRADS Teacher of the Year

Michelle Wilhelm

Michelle Wilhelm, a GRADS teacher at both Squalicum and Sehome high schools, was named the 2018 Washington Family and Consumer Sciences GRADS Teacher of the Year at the  WA-FACSE  Awards Luncheon in Spokane this August. GRADS (Graduation, Reality And Dual-role Skills) is a program for pregnant and parenting students that provides the academic and childcare support necessary to stay in high school and graduate. Read more…


BHS physical education teacher Darin Nolan wins state award

Darin Nolan

Darin Nolan, physical education and health teacher at Bellingham High School, was awarded the 2018 High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE WashingtonRead more…

To read more stories about The Bellingham Promise in action in our schools, view our Promise website.