Education

Assistant Superintendent Patty Dowd greets a family with their child’s laptop and other class materials outside Endeavour Elementary on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, two days after an overnight fire tore through the inside the school in Mukilteo, Washington. Classes will be held online until after winter break to give crews time to make repairs to the building. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Fire closes Endeavour Elementary in Mukilteo until 2024

Classes shifted to remote learning after a fire damaged the school Monday. Laptops were handed out Wednesday.

Assistant Superintendent Patty Dowd greets a family with their child’s laptop and other class materials outside Endeavour Elementary on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, two days after an overnight fire tore through the inside the school in Mukilteo, Washington. Classes will be held online until after winter break to give crews time to make repairs to the building. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
More than 150 people attend a ribbon cutting event on Nov. 16, 2023 celebrating the completion of Innovation Hall at the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College campus. The building, which highlights STEM instruction and research, opens to students in January. Credit: Tara Brown Photography/UW Bothell

New science, math facility opens in January at UW Bothell

Innovation Hall is the first new building to be constructed at the Bothell university campus in 10 years.

More than 150 people attend a ribbon cutting event on Nov. 16, 2023 celebrating the completion of Innovation Hall at the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College campus. The building, which highlights STEM instruction and research, opens to students in January. Credit: Tara Brown Photography/UW Bothell
Siblings Qingyun, left, and Ruoyun Li, 12 and 13, respectively, are together on campus at Everett Community College on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, in Everett, Washington. The two are taking a full course load at the community college this semester. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Siblings, age 12 and 13, are youngest students at EvCC campus

Qingyun Li was 11 when he scored a perfect 36 on the ACT test. His sister, Ruoyun, was one point away.

Siblings Qingyun, left, and Ruoyun Li, 12 and 13, respectively, are together on campus at Everett Community College on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, in Everett, Washington. The two are taking a full course load at the community college this semester. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Everett Community College is introducing a new Trojan design as the college's symbol of student spirit and athletics. The design incorporates the Feather Star, EvCC's official logo, in the Trojan's cape.  (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Amid staffing crisis, student nurses run into shortages in education too

Everett Community College’s nursing program has 79 slots. Hundreds apply each year — and that’s just the first hurdle.

Everett Community College is introducing a new Trojan design as the college's symbol of student spirit and athletics. The design incorporates the Feather Star, EvCC's official logo, in the Trojan's cape.  (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Top row (L-R): Thomas, Charley, Emmae, Bennett
Middle row (L-R):  Soliana, Ridayna, Stormie, Eli
Bottom row (L-R): Atlas, Madison, Madalyn, Berkeley

Jackson kindergarteners have hot takes on turkey, gratitude — and crab?

Students at the Everett elementary school shared all they know about Thanksgiving and what they’re thankful for.

Top row (L-R): Thomas, Charley, Emmae, Bennett
Middle row (L-R):  Soliana, Ridayna, Stormie, Eli
Bottom row (L-R): Atlas, Madison, Madalyn, Berkeley
Jen Hirman, left, Charles Mister, Charles Adkins and Ryne Rohla.

See who won school board races in Everett, Marysville, Edmonds

In Everett, Charles Adkins led Ryne Rohla for an open seat. And a Monroe school board race was separated by 9 votes.

Jen Hirman, left, Charles Mister, Charles Adkins and Ryne Rohla.
Crystal Moore, second from left, and her class are surprised with a $2,000 cash donation through the Primera Heroes in the Classroom program at Silver Lake Elementary in Everett, Washington on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Everett teacher surprised with award, Seahawks tickets for dedication

Silver Lake Elementary School students gathered Friday in honor of second-grade teacher Crystal Moore.

Crystal Moore, second from left, and her class are surprised with a $2,000 cash donation through the Primera Heroes in the Classroom program at Silver Lake Elementary in Everett, Washington on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Tabitha Baty, left, Rob Serviss, Sarah Adams and Sherri Larkin.

Snohomish school board candidates focus on success, parent involvement

Tabitha Baty and Rob Serviss are competing to represent District 2. In District 4, incumbent Sarah Adams is facing Sherri Larkin.

Tabitha Baty, left, Rob Serviss, Sarah Adams and Sherri Larkin.
Carin Chase, left, Nicholas Logan, Nancy Katims and Nicholas Jenkins

Edmonds school board candidates focus on funding, core subjects

A projected $15 million budget deficit means finances — and looming cuts — are top of mind for candidates.

Carin Chase, left, Nicholas Logan, Nancy Katims and Nicholas Jenkins
Jen Hirman, left, Charles Mister, Charles Adkins and Ryne Rohla.

Everett school board candidates offer dueling priorities

Incumbent Jen Hirman is running against Charles Mister to fill Position 2. Charles Adkins and Ryne Rohla are competing for Position 5.

Jen Hirman, left, Charles Mister, Charles Adkins and Ryne Rohla.
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Grant to help fund health care program at Edmonds College

  1. The $220,000 grant from Career Connect Washington aims to improve the college’s patient care technician program.

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Top row (L-R): Tiana Armstrong, Jeremiah Campbell, Melanie Ryan. Bottom row (L-R) Chuck Whitfield, Jennifer Bumpus, Andrew Fegler

After Monroe superintendent turmoil, 1 school board race is contested

Candidates have dropped out of races leading up to the general election, leaving one of four seats with a real campaign trail.

Top row (L-R): Tiana Armstrong, Jeremiah Campbell, Melanie Ryan. Bottom row (L-R) Chuck Whitfield, Jennifer Bumpus, Andrew Fegler
Raedle Alburn, the development and education director at Schack Art Center, stands in the Schack’s main gallery Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, in Everett, Washington. Alburn is one of six recipients of the Washington Art Education Association award. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett, Northshore art educators awarded for ‘empowering’ students

Educators from Everett, Northshore and the Schack Art Center were honored by Washington Art Education Association.

Raedle Alburn, the development and education director at Schack Art Center, stands in the Schack’s main gallery Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, in Everett, Washington. Alburn is one of six recipients of the Washington Art Education Association award. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Charles Mister (Snohomish County Elections)

Everett school board candidate runs on ‘quality leaming enviarments’

Charles Mister Jr. also ran for the board in 2021, claiming a resume that was part fiction.

Charles Mister (Snohomish County Elections)
Fourth and fifth graders from Hazelwood Elementary School participate in an orca parade at their school on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Orca Fest connects students to ‘water world’ at Hazelwood Elementary

Ahead of Orca Recovery Day, students participated in aquatic activities in Edmonds. Educators said kids will never forget it.

Fourth and fifth graders from Hazelwood Elementary School participate in an orca parade at their school on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Kira Violette, a graphic designer for Everett Community College, on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023 in Everett, Washington. Violette has $35,000 in student loan debt and will have $400 a month payments when she has to start paying them back. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

800K Washingtonians must restart student loan payments this month

After a three-year pause, former students face a big budget adjustment, like Kira Violette, who works at Everett Community College.

Kira Violette, a graphic designer for Everett Community College, on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023 in Everett, Washington. Violette has $35,000 in student loan debt and will have $400 a month payments when she has to start paying them back. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Kamiak High School is pictured Friday, July 8, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Ex-Kamiak football coach charged with sexual abuse of student

Julian Willis, 34, preyed on a Kamiak student from November 2022 to March, prosecutors allege.

Kamiak High School is pictured Friday, July 8, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Two students walk along a path through campus Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. The college’s youth-reengagement program has lost its funding, and around 150 students are now without the money they need to attend classes. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Fewer students enroll at state’s public colleges, study says

Enrollment has picked up since the pandemic, but the lag threatens the state’s quest for education equity.

Two students walk along a path through campus Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. The college’s youth-reengagement program has lost its funding, and around 150 students are now without the money they need to attend classes. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A parent walks their children to class at Whittier Elementary on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Community in the classroom’: Everett kicks off school year

Students at Whittier Elementary filled the basketball court with laughter and excitement Wednesday for their first day of school.

A parent walks their children to class at Whittier Elementary on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Life Lessons teacher Irene Jeffries at Jefferson Elementary School on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

52 Everett Public Schools employees become teachers through new program

Paraeducators, graduation coordinators and other staff joined teaching certification programs at universities in the state.

Life Lessons teacher Irene Jeffries at Jefferson Elementary School on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)