Western Washington Native American
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Below are the Western Washington Native American Education Consortium members. Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions.


Mary Wilbur
Lake Washington, Bellevue, and Northshore School Districts


Jason LaFontaine
Puget Sound ESD
Bethel, Franklin Pierce, Sumner, Peninsula, and University Place School Districts


Jason is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. He grew up a multi-racial "Urban Indian" in the heart of Seattle.

He manages the largest public school Title VII Indian Education program in the state, serving 1,300 students with Native heritage through Puget Sound Educational Service District. PSESD serves five school districts in Pierce County providing cultural and educational support to students. The Native American Education program provides literacy and math support to all grade levels as well as a college prep program for high school students.

Jason over-sees a staff of 8 and works closely with each district to ensure the direct service to students fits within each schools schedules and that school and district staff are updated on the work being done. Jason feels that he is fortunate to work in a region that is surrounded with traditional Native American knowledge, history and culture.

Maxine Alex
Federal Way Public School District

Val Kimball
South Kitsap Public School District


Val Kimbal is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation. She has served as the WWNAEC treasurer since spring 2008. The South Kitsap School District has 438 AIAN students and serves 170 in their Indian Education Program.  In addition to her work for the school district, Val is also one of the Curriculum Coordinators for Diversity at South Kitsap and one of the “founding mothers” and the District Coordinator for the PALS mentoring program that is currently in its 10th year.  The mentoring program matches adult mentors with students in our school district that could use another caring adult in their lives.     
Theresa Lockrem
Kent School District


My name is Theresa Lockrem, and I have worked in the Education field since 1994. I worked for the Highline School District in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program for eight years and then the Native American Program for nine years. I currently work for the Kent School District as the Native American Academic and Cultural Liaison. I also interpret for the Deaf for the Kent School District when needed.

On my off time, I dance with an Alaskan Tlingit group whom have adopted me. My own heritage is of the Cherokee Eastern Band, Long Hair Clan on my mother’s side.

Member At Large
Shelley Hamrick
Kelso School District

Shelley has worked for Kelso Indian Education Program since October of 1989, working together with a strong parent advisory committee to serve the needs of approximately 400 students in 7 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 high school, Loowit alternative school,  Kelso Virtual Academy as well as several Running Start students at Lower Columbia College.  Our program has tutoring program staff in 8 of our buildings.  We hold many cultural events throughout the year with the highlight being our "In Honor of Our Children" Powwow held on the 3rd Saturday of May each year at Kelso High School.

Member At Large
Sonja Berry
Kitsap School District


Sonia Barry is a descendent of the Aleut people. She has been an educator for 17 years, focusing in Secondary Visual Arts. The 2013-14 school year is Sonia’s first year as the Title VII coordinator, and she has over 200 Native students across 18 schools in the district.  Her program provides academic and cultural enrichment. The program also has a Parent Advisory committee that meets every quarter. They offer culture clubs at 8 sites, one on one tutoring, Native Culture Night in November, an Honoring Ceremony in May, and a one-week Culture camp in the summer. Last year the program offered Since Time Immemorial (curriculum) training to all 12 elementary sites 4th grade teachers, made wooden trunks with native decals and filled them with 30 instructional resources to support the Native perspective & inclusion in the WA state history section. Sonia is looking forward to continuing this good work with the Title VII grants and the generous donations to keep the program and culture alive. 


Want t o join the Western Washington Native Education Consortium?

If you live in western Washington and work with Native Youth, contact us. Our membership fees are $20 for an individual membership or $30 for an organizational membership. Fill out the FORM and email it to Val Kimball.


Auburn School District
300 4th Street NE
Auburn, WA 98092
Robin Pratt

Aberdeen School District
216 North G Street
Aberdeen, WA 98520

Bainbridge Island School District
8489 Madison Avenue NE

Bainbridge Island, WA  98110
LeNora Trahant

Edmonds School District
20420 68th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98033
Laura Wong-Whitebear

Federal Way School District
32020 1st Ave S #109
Federal Way, WA 98003
Maxine Alex

Fife School District
5802 20th Street E
Fife, WA
Phyllis Covington

Highline School District
614 SW 120th Street
Seattle, WA 98146

Kelso School District

410 Elm Street
Kelso, WA 98626
Shelley Hamrick

Kent School District
12033 SE 256th Street
Kent, WA 98030
Theresa Lockerem

Lake Washington School District
PO Box 97039
Redmond, WA 98073
Mary Wilbur

Longview School District
1410 8th Stret
Longview, WA 98632

Monroe Public Schools
200 East Freemont Street
Monroe, WA 98272
Mars Miller

North Kitsap School District

18360 Caldart Ave.
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Lena Maloney

North Thurston School District
305 College Street NE
Lacey, WA 98516

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
PO Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Robin Butterfield
Joan Banker

Puyallup School District
105 7th St. S.W.
Puyallup, WA  98371
Michelle Marcoe marcoma@puyallup.k12.wa.us
Laura Goodall goodall@puyalllup.k12.wa.us

Puget Sound Educational Service District (2 programs)
Serving Bethel, Franklin Pierce, Sumner, Peninsula & University Place school districts
800 Oakesdale Ave SW
Renton, WA 98057

Jason LaFontaine, Manager

Native American Early Learning Project
Serving Grandview and Chief Leschi Early Learning Centers
Rebecca Kreth, Manager

Renton School District
Earline Bala

Seattle School District

Tacoma School District
David Syth 
3101 S. 43rd Street
Tacoma, WA 98409

White River School District
PO Box 2050
Buckley, WA 98321
Dorthy Apple

Yelm School District
PO Box 476
Yelm, WA 98597
Lois Baker

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Western Washington Native American Education Consortium

Val Kimball 

P.O. Box 8291

Port Orchard, WA  98366

E-mail: kimball@skitsap.wednet.edu

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