Weaving communities together
Rose works for the Northwest Educational Service District (NWESD) and is responsible for the daily administration of four Special Education Cooperative Programs which serve 35 school districts within the NWESD region. Rose serves as a liaison between the Cooperative Program staff across the region and the NWESD, to assure that these highly specialized Cooperative Programs are serving the needs of the students, while also following the NWESD policies and procedures. Rose is an active member of the NWESD’s Equity Team, a member of the WASA Equitable Systems Cohort, and participated in the PSESD Coaching and Leading for Racial Equity course, as well as the WASA/WSSDA/AWSP Equity Conference.
Leanne, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Special Education and Education Leadership at Western Washington University. With decades of classroom experience and advocacy work for students with disabilities, she brings practical experience and expertise As a professor she teaches a wide variety of literacy methods courses, instructional pedagogical courses and spends time in the schools with pre-service teachers. She has served as a program evaluator for a wide variety of school districts and projects.
Tracey, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Secondary Education at Western Washington University. Her research includes understanding the social and cultural experiences of children and youth with experiences of domestic violence and their navigation of public school. She is published in several books and articles. Tracey was a high school teacher for 17 years, a district literacy leader and has led hundreds of educators in professional development related to trauma-informed practices, social justice design, and literacy practices.
Braythen is a current student in the Bachelor’s of Music Education program at Western Washington University, studying and aspiring to be a music teacher. Braythen was an underserved student in the Whatcom school districts and uses his insights and understanding of marginalized communities to further education opportunities for all students. As a disadvantaged Latino student, he is passionate to give back in service to the community.
Nasreen has been a resident of Whatcom County since 1992. She is a Muslim American, born to East African parents of South Asian descent, and a mother of two biracial girls. She has worked in the health field for many years and recently completed completed her A.S. Physical Therapy Assistant degree from Whatcom Community College. She has been a consistent advocate for patient-centered care and empathy. She also engages in interfaith dialogue and participates in building cross-racial solidarity through her personal activism.