We make a collective commitment to all of Bellingham’s children. We will empower every child to discover and develop a passion, contribute to their community, and achieve a fulfilling and productive life.

We collectively commit to support a purposeful continuum of services for a diverse group of highly capable learners to develop each individual student’s fullest potential.

Highly capable students are those who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within students’ general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain. These students are present not only in the general populace, but are present within all protected classes. ( WAC 392.170.080)


2022-23 Highly Capable Learner Liaisons: 

To support teachers and families, HCL Liaisons are available to answer questions, collaborate and support the unique needs of students identified highly capable.

Alderwood – Jenny Lawrence/Nina Ballew 

Birchwood – Jenny Lawrence/Nina Ballew 

Carl Cozier – Jenny Lawrence/Nina Ballew 

Columbia – Kirstin Copeland

Cordata – Kirstin Copeland

Geneva – Susan Kagel

Happy Valley – Precious Bryngelson

Lowell – Precious Bryngelson

Northern Heights – Michelle Mitchell

Parkview – Ralph Hayden

Roosevelt – Susan Kagel

Silver Beach – Megan Cooley

Sunnyland – Lisa D’Hondt

Wade King – Precious Bryngelson

Middle Schools – Nina Ballew and Middle School Assistant Principals

High Schools – School Counselors

HCL TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) – Nina Ballew 





Jennifer Lawrence
Director of Teaching and Learning, Literacy

Nina Ballew 

Teacher on Special Assignment

Keith Schacht
Director of Teaching and Learning, Student Services

Evelyn Parbon
Administrative Assistant