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Alderwood dean update

A Message from Alderwood Elementary School Principal Micah Smith

Dear Alderwood families,

I want to share a leadership update with you. During a staff meeting today, we announced that Barb Del Wraa has been selected as Alderwood’s dean next year.

Ms. Del Wraa has been with Bellingham Public Schools since 1991. She has taught various grades K-5 at both Roosevelt and Cordata elementary schools. In 2018, she became an early childhood education teacher on special assignment, supporting the district through coaching teachers and utilizing WaKids data. In spring 2019, she was a Title I reading specialist at Carl Cozier Elementary School and in 2019-20 moved to Cordata as a reading specialist.

Ms. Del Wraa has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Western Washington University and will have administrative credentials from Eastern Washington University. She believes students succeed when they feel connected, safe and their basic needs are met. She will use her leadership skills to build community and promote learning.

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Del Wraa! We wish Minh Nguyen all the best in her new role at Columbia.

Micah Smith