Our Team

dawn.walker@intergenerational.school (360) 543-8285

Dawn says that joining WIHS felt like coming home.  She is enthusiastic about supporting the whole student and thinking of creative ways to engage students and families.  She has over 18 years of experience in education, holding a variety of teaching and administrator roles with Lummi Nation School and most recently working as the Director of Federal and Special Programs for the Blaine School District.  Dawn is passionate about providing real world and place-based learning that inspires students and staff to become advocates for themselves, their future, and their community.  She is honored to work with an amazing team of educators at WIHS to continue honoring the First People’s Principles of Learning.  In her spare time Dawn enjoys traveling, baking, and enjoying time with her husband and two children.

rachel.rodriguez@intergenerational.school (360) 543-8283

She is a Former Register for WCC Whatcom Community College. Recruited from WCC Whatcom Community College.
To Join the Team at WIHS. Formerly Business Manager and Registor. Now New Director of Equity and Community Engagement. She Is So Loved By The Students. She has a Heart of Compassion For The Community as a Whole. And Focused on Keeping WIHS Committed to Improving our Local Community Through Providing This Opportunity To All.

dawn.krenz@intergenerational.school (360) 543-8287

Dawn Krenz has over ten years in education. The root of her passion for education is knowing that the skills taught in her classes help create tools of success and advocacy for the future. Some favorite courses taught over the years include AP-US History and Social Justice. Originally from Santa Cruz California Ms.Krenz is looking forward to living closer to family in Whatcom County. Especially her nephew August and niece Elliot. When not working Ms.Krenz enjoys being out in nature with her two pups Peanutbutter and Coach Honey Pecan. A student in Ms Krenz class can expect to think deep and keep it real.

austin.johnson@intergenerational.school (360) 543-8268

Austin was born and raised in Washington state and feels a strong connection to the area. He completed his BA in Literature with a minor in Anthropology before earning his teaching certificate at Western Washington University. As a language arts teacher, it is important to him to share the significance and necessity of stories in all of our lives. He is very excited to prepare his students to better understand the world around them through critical literacy. Outside of school, Austin loves to read comic books, train Pokémon, and play games at his local game store

maria.torron-gomez@intergenerational.school (360) 543-8294

Maria Torron-Gomez has been a teacher and mentor for over 30 years. She worked with Miami-Dade County Public schools for over 15 years teaching all levels and programs in Spanish from kindergarten to high school. Mrs.Torron graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in Literature and Humanities. Her research work on Spanish literature was published by the university’s literary journal. After moving to Miami, she completed a Master’s Degree in Modern Languages Education from Florida International University. Mrs.Torron became a Spanish/Young Adults “National Board Certified Teacher” in 2005. She is a member of the Foreign Language Teachers Association and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and has been a certified AP Spanish teacher and exam reader with the College Board since 2006. 

mary.mendenhall@intergenerational.school (360) 543-8284

Mary’s been a nurse since 1982 and has worked in Community and Mental Health, Hospice, camp nursing and cancer care.  She got her Masters in Education last year but had served as an educator overseas for 10 years, teaching music and drama.  A skilled musician, she loves cross-cultural communications.  Mary moved to Bellingham last year to be closer to her sons.  She grew up in the Sierra Nevada mountains and loves to walk among trees. 

maia.raeder@intergenerational.school (360) 543-8293

Maia has a BA in Studio Art from the University of Puget Sound and recently completed her teaching certificate at Western Washington University. She loves sharing the experience of making art with others and is looking forward to working with students at WIHS to create an equitable classroom community where all students can explore, grow, and find success in their own artistic endeavors. When she’s not teaching, you can find her making art and spending time outside, no matter the weather.

cameron.kolk@intergenerational.school (360) 543-8283

Cam is passionate about public education that addresses the needs of all students and uses research based practices to close the opportunity gap. Cam has worked the last 4 years in San Jose developing my practice to create a literacy focused science classroom. He is looking forward to creating opportunities for students at WIHS to ask powerful questions, work in an authentic context and build capacity to live fulfilled, happy and successful lives.

Ernest Roberts
tech@intergenerational.school (360) 5438289

Ernest Roberts is an Independent Contractor. E The Man With The Voice LLC. He provides (MSP) Managed Service Provider Services. Providing IT Consultation. Networking, Device Care. Software Updates. Security And Education with Software Updates and Training