360-966-9696 – Timber Ridge Campus – 5604 Mission Road, Bellingham, WA  98226

Monday through Friday 9AM – 5:30PM


The Nooksack Education Department provides quality educational opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with the Tribe’s need for cultural and economic well-being in keeping with the wide diversity of the Tribe as distinct cultural and governmental entities. The Nooksack Education Department considers the whole person, taking into account the spiritual, mental, physical and cultural aspects of the person within family and Tribal context. For more information about the Education Department, call (360) 966-2043.



Donia Edwards, Director,


Charise Wenzl, Academic Enrichment Manager, (main contact for schools and parents, organizes and facilitates tutoring/intervention services for K-12, facilitates after school/summer academic classrooms and computer lab, one on one tutor for grades K-5)

Keith Lindsey, Youth Academic Intervention Specialist, (certified teacher in charge of S’i:wes:ylhem Tset high school graduation program and one on one tutor for grades 6-12)

Ravenia Hillaire, Youth tutor, (assists youth with homework completion, classroom and library assistant, small group instruction)

Loren Roberts, Language Instructor, (provides language instruction to youth programs and adults, also serves as a culture specialist to schools, tribal departments and the Education Program)


Things we offer:

  • After school homework assistance
  • Two fully equipped classrooms including tribal library and computer lab
  • Summer reading/math programs
  • Cultural workshops
  • Nooksack language classes
  • Liaison for a parent having difficulty communicating with the school
  • Staff can accompany parent to conferences or IEP meetings/provide transportation
  • Communication with teachers about student performance and home work completion
  • One on one tutoring (with a referral) Keith Lindsey 6-12, Charise Wenzl K-5
  • Small group tutoring (with a referral)
  • WWU Woodring College of Education volunteers every quarter


For our struggling students, the parent or teacher may initiate the referral process by contacting Nooksack Education staff. We will make sure the school district Release of Educational Records form is signed by parents and we will set up a conference (through email or in person) with teacher to make sure specific goals are set for students and communication lines are open.


The department manages several education grants that Tribal Members can apply for regarding adult basic education, higher education, adult vocational technical education, career training and technical education and school expenses and extracurricular expenses. For more information on these programs, please visit the Education Grants section of our webpage.


The Nooksack House of Children Head Start is a federal program that provides comprehensive child development programs that serves children ages 3 to 5 and their families.  In accordance with federal law, the HOC Head Start must make an annual report available to the public.  Publication of this report will be made available on the Tribal website.  Key features include the latest monitoring and fiscal review, program services, demographics, operational budget, program and child outcomes for the year-kindergarten readiness, quality of staff, any correspondence or notification  from the Administration for Children and Families.  This Annual Report was synthesized from The Environmental Health and Safety Reports, Program Outcomes and Results for both sites, the Public Information Report, the Federal Review and other reports that generated information for the Annual Report are available for perusal and made available by contacting:  Donia Edwards, MEd., Head Start Director.

The Education Department has published The Head Start 2011 Report, Head Start 2012 Report and Head Start 2013 Report. View these reports to learn more about our Head Start program and the children and families that we serve.

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Both US and Canadian back to school checks for the age 5 to 14 years old were mailed yesterday to the addresses on file with enrollment. If you did not pick up your 4 year old or 15-19 year old check, they are still available for 90 days with verification of enrollment in school. Please contact Frank Leyva with any questions. ...

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Remember that today is the last day to pick up Back-to-School checks. ...

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Applications available at Timber Ridge. ...

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The 5-Day Club starts this evening at Nooksack Indian Church. ...

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Tomorrow, Aug. 11, the Youth Department will be providing one admission ticket and one ride armband pass to the Lynden Fair to each Youth that is enrolled in our Summer Program. If your Youth is not present tomorrow, we will try again on Monday. Beyond that, there will be an envelope with your youth's name on it that you can pick up at Timber Ridge Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Ask for this at the front desk. All people will be asked to sign out for this to remain fair. We hope everyone will have fun at the Lynden Fair! ...

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