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!

Michael Barone

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Michael is a local filmmaker who specializes in cinematography and lighting. In March 2017, he premiered "Gone," a feature film he co-directed, at Pickford Film Center. He can be seen around town, filming music videos and other short projects. Michael graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in film production from Fairhaven College. In his free time, Michael loves to cook, garden, play video games, think of bad puns, and go to the movies.

Jennifer Bryan-Goforth

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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.

Trisha Dawn Coggins

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Trisha Dawn is an artist of life. She devotes her time educating others in the joys and mysteries that art brings to each of us. As a homesteader in the foot hills of Western Washington for the past six years, she continues to reflect upon nature as a prime source for inspiration.

Ann Marie DeCollibus

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Ann Marie DeCollibus has been working in clay for the past 35 years. She received a BFA in Printmaking but switched over to clay when she started Teaching High School Ceramics. A veteran teacher and lifelong artist Ann Marie loves to share her knowledge and skills. Working in her home studio DeCo Ceramics she creates both functional ware and sculptural pieces. Her love of growing and cooking great food shows up in many of her large food service platters and bowls. After 25 years of teaching High School she has returned to her home studio and is focusing her time on making good solid pots! She and her husband share a commercial Fish Tendering Business in Alaska.

Russ and Ruby Duncan

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Russ Duncan is the assistant manager of the produce department at Community Food Co-op’s Downtown store, and he does catering jobs on the weekend. He has loved cooking since age 11, and has worked food-related jobs all his adult life. Ruby Mae, his daughter and teaching assistant, started cooking at an even earlier age.

Annalee Dunn

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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 Ellsworth

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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.

Kimbery Gustafson

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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.

Mikkel Hong

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Mikkel Hong has been an English and Social Studies teacher in middles schools for eight years.  He has always had a passion for technology and computers and regularly uses gaming in his classes to teach students concepts in a format they are familiar with.


David Kappele

David Kappele

David has lived in Bellingham since childhood and began writing songs when he was nine-years-old. Since then he has composed one symphony, two concerti, and dozens of popular and classical songs. He graduated with honors from Western Washington University at age 19 with a degree in Economics and Music. David works as a private music teacher and enjoys playing chess and writing comedy.

Karen Mullen

Karen Mullen

Karen Mullen runs a portrait photography business in Lynden, Washington. 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

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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 third 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 Simpson

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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 WCC Community Education classes.


Carol Sheppard

Carol Sheppard

Carol is a freelance nature and event photographer who has taught in continuing education for community colleges since 2008. Her courses include art, photography, and travel.  Prior to that, Carol worked as a children’s advocate in a legal setting. Carol’s art classes include polymer clay, glass work, and wire-sculpted jewelry.

Michael Storm

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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 Taylor

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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 Western Washington University.