Brown & Brown Excellence in Education
2023-2024 Finalists

Meet the Final 6 Whatcom County Teachers Nominated by You!

Nooksack Elementary

Jodi Hammond

has served as a fourth-grade teacher the last six years at Nooksack Elementary in Everson. “If I could have Mrs. Hammond as my son‘s teacher for every year of his elementary school career, I would do it in a heartbeat,” a nominating parent said. “She is the most shining example of what a difference a teacher can make in a child’s life, in a family’s life.”

Lynden High

Bria Henthorn

has taught agriculture the last two years at Lynden High. In addition to teaching classes, she is the school’s FFA advisor for more than 100 students, coaches four teams for agricultural competitions and is an assistant coach for the school’s trap-shooting team. “Her leadership and collaborative spirit have not only enriched the educational experience for students but have also inspired her collogues and earned the respect and admiration of the entire faculty,” a fellow staff member said in a nomination.

Kendall Elementary

Susan Kelley

has been teaching 40 years with the last 10 years at Kendall Elementary in the Mount Baker School District. She is a driving force in behind the Kendall Science Fair, where students do science projects and document them for presentation in the fair. Kelley also has led students in raising salmon eggs, butterfly larvae and a hamster, increasing their interest in science. “Mrs. Kelley is excited about science, and her students catch that excitement!” said a nominating parent.

Squalicum High

Riley Liddle

is a career and technical education teacher at Squalicum High, where he’s been seven years, in the Bellingham School District. He also is the school’s robotics coach, spending many hours after school and on weekends to support students. “Through these extra efforts, Mr. Liddle fosters strong relationships with students, earning our trust and respect,” a student said in their nomination.

Bernice Vossbeck Elementary

Megan Shelley

is a three-year special education teacher finishing her first year with transitional kindergarten students at Vossbeck Elementary in the Lynden School District. “Miss Meagan’s patience and understanding foster a safe and supportive learning environment,” a parent said in one of her nominations. “The dedication to each student’s success is truly inspiring!”

Happy Valley Elementary

Katie Tully

teaches music to students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Happy Valley Elementary in the Bellingham School District, where she’s been 16 of her 17 years as a teacher. Tully leads each grade level in presenting a concert or mini-musical performance for parents. Every other year she produces and directs a full-scale musical involving students in grades 3-5. She also offers choir and advanced drum ensemble as after-school activities. “Our students are so incredibly fortunate to be provided all these musical experiences and explorations,” a nominating parent said.