PSIS School Board Vice-Chair
In October 2018, I was elected to the PSIS school board. Prior to that, I worked as a Youth Education Advocate for the Omak School District and PSIS for the CCT Youth Development Program. Much of my work experience involves working with youth, in particular, high-risk and minority youth. Having grown up on the reservation, I take pride in the students I work with and this wonderful community. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English—Creative Writing from Central Washington University, and I’m in my final year at Gonzaga University, where I’ll receive my Master’s degree in Communication and Leadership. I currently work as the Program Coordinator for Okanogan County Community Coalition. The Coalition’s mission is to “effectively address substance abuse and violence using collaboration, cooperation, communication, commitment, and cultural competency.”
I am a former student of PSIS. I attended kindergarten through third grade at PSIS. I have always loved how culture and language were integrated with the curriculum taught by the teachers. I still remember how to count from 1-10 in n’sexlcin. My husband and I recently celebrated ten years married last October. We’re high school sweethearts and parents to four wonderful people. Noah is 13; Leilah is 10; Bodhi is 6; Grey is 2. Together, you can find us on the soccer field, at a wrestling tournament, a basketball game, and a swim meet during the summer. We also enjoy spending time reading classic literature and playing games. Spending time with my family is my greatest hobby, and we enjoy spending as much time as possible together. We love hiking, swimming, huckleberry picking, digging for crystals, and being out in nature.
I chose to become a school board member because I truly feel the school has the potential to be a wonderful school for our tribal youth. As a former student, I love seeing the positive changes that are being made to make this school the best school it can be. I will always serve the board in a way that benefits all students, all families, and the community in multiple areas. Together, we can build resilient, strong, life-long learners and leaders for our community. My hopes and dreams for PSIS is that we become a top tribal school and to have grades Kindergarten to 12th grade offered for our students, as well.