Our Kids’ College instructors are a dedicated group, with specialized training in a variety of disciplines, who are passionate about teaching. They’re looking forward to an exciting summer full of enriching programs at WCC. Read on to learn more about them!
Miguel is a teacher at Fairhaven Middle School, and has been an urban beekeeper for 10 years. He is a member of the Mt. Baker Beekeepers Association.
Jennifer (Jennie) has been teaching Kids’ College classes since 2007, including her inaugural course, Hogwarts Satellite School. She is also a fiber arts master and sells hand-spun, hand-painted yarn.
Annalee provides kids’ cooking classes through Tiny Onion Cooking School, which she started in 2015. She emphasizes fresh local ingredients while utilizing basic, home-cooking techniques and style.
Robert teaches classes in WCC’s Criminal Justice department. He is also a corrections deputy for the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and has been teaching self-defense for over 20 years.
Kimberly launched Bricks and Beyond in 2010, offering hands-on robotics workshops that utilize LEGO® Education products. Kimberly is dedicated to offering each child who attends her classes an opportunity to have fun and learn.
Dr. Jean is a naturopathic physician specializing in celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Her background includes culinary school training and professional food service. Dr. Jean has taught many kids’ cooking classes at Community Food Co-op for both teens and younger kids.
Jessica is a writer and literary events coordinator in Bellingham, WA. She serves as the Chuckanut Writers Conference Planner and previously worked as the Program Director and Teaching Artist for Poetry in Public Education, an educational outreach program through Poetrynight, a program of the Whatcom Poetry Series 501(c)3.
Jessica received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Washington University in 2014.
Deb McCunn, M.A. University of Newcastle, England, focus on the role of art in regional identity and economics. Deb has worked in clay since she was a teenager and has owned Baker Creek Ceramic Studio since 2010 where she teaches and creates ceramic art full time.
Karen Mullen runs a portrait photography business in Lynden, Wash. She loves teaching as much as she loves photography, and thoroughly enjoys her classes at Whatcom Community College. There is always lots of hands-on time in Karen's classes.
Cynthia Ridings, M.A. is a mother of two Minecraft and Lego enthusiasts. She has taught an after-school enrichment computer programming and Minecraft class at Blaine Elementary School since 2015 and this is her second summer teaching camps at Whatcom Community College. Cynthia has a passion for teaching technology, creative thinking and team building, which allow her to utilize her degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Secondary Education.
Rachel has a plethora of experience in many forms of fine arts, including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, screen-printing, fibers/fabrics, textiles, mixed-media, and much more. Rachel substitute teaches for the Bellingham School District, BAAY’s EduArts, Allied Arts, and adult WCC Community Education classes.
Michael has been mountain biking for the last 20 years, and teaching mountain biking for the last 13 years. He started his own mountain bike instruction business in 2016, and is an IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association) Certified instructor. Mike also heads Roosevelt Elementary’s bike club.
Katherine has taught WCC Community Education art classes since 1992, and teaches in the WCC Art department. Katherine holds an MFA and BFA from the University of Washington, and a BA in Education (Art & Elementary Ed) from WWU.