Cindy is passionate about creating learning opportunities that engage students in their own learning as they discover their passions and share their unique gifts. Cindy was founder and Executive Director of Laura Jeffrey Academy (LJA) for eight years, the first and only 5th–8th grade girl-focused STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) public charter school in St. Paul, MN. She is thrilled to work with the Whatcom community to launch WIHS.
Indigenous/Culturally Inclusive Liaison
Sixteen years ago, I became a licensed nurse. Those years were spent working within the scope of my western licensure. Now, like a salmon swimming upstream, I am focused on what I consider Indigenous Public Health for my own community, which is a federally recognized tribe of Lummi Nation. Today, because of Seli7 etse Sxwo’le – Spirit of the Sxwo’le (reef-net), I address root cause of trauma, and our ancestral homeland of the Salish Sea is my medical office.
Cliff's passion for small schools began in 2003 when he became a member of the founding team at a start-up charter school near Portland, OR. Cliff later travelled the world, serving in international schools as Coordinator for Student Services and ESOL Programs, Assistant Principal, and as Head of School in Italy and China. He holds a deep appreciation for exploring cultures as well as co-developing innovative school programs with the local school community.