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Katie Brown named continuing principal of Nooksack Elementary

When Katie Brown stepped into lead Nooksack Elementary as principal prior to the start of the 2018-2019 school year it was on an “interim” basis. That interim tag was recently lifted, making Brown the continuing principal at the school.

“Katie loves Nooksack Elementary and is focused on student and staff success,” says Mark Johnson, superintendent. “She brings energy, dedication and passion to her role every day. We’re looking forward to the future at Nooksack Elementary.”

Brown says she’s “thrilled” to make Nooksack Elementary her permanent home and the opportunity to “serve in the community you live in is a gift. I look forward to getting to know families at a deeper level and I’m fully committed to doing what I can to help our students grow.”

Getting to know the students at the school personally has already proven one of the highlights of Brown’s time at the school.

Brown, originally from Vancouver, Washington, has lived in the district but worked for Bellingham Schools the 15 years prior to joining Nooksack Elementary. In 2014, while leading a Shuksan Middle School effort in English language learning, Brown was named the OSPI Washington State Teacher of the Year.She then earned her administration credentials and for the 2017-18 school year served as a district-level ELL advocate/language developer for the Nooksack Valley Schools. In that role, she worked to strengthen the ELL program for the entire district. She put a focus on the elementary and middle school, working on staff development and family engagement.

During her first year as principal at Nooksack Elementary, Brown says the staff at the school is learning about how to best meet the needs of the whole child. “In other words,” she says, “how can we best support the academic, social and emotional needs of students in a way that helps all students grow into mathematicians, readers, writers, scientists and critical thinkers who also care about each other and their community?”

Moving forward without the interim tag, Brown says Nooksack Elementary staff will continue to focus on implementing the new Bridges math curriculum to develop students’ deep understanding of mathematical concepts and create a community with high expectations and a high level of support.