Who We Are

New Friends/Nuevos Amigos™  is new organization founded by educators and community developers in the United States and Mexico.  The purpose of the organization is three fold;

  1. Provide the opportunity for students in the United States and Mexico to learn about an important culture and language different than their own and how ones culture influences personal perspectives.
  2. Provide financial support for the acquisition of learning tools and physical plant improvements in target schools in Mexico.
  3. Assist Mexican secondary school students to stay in school

Board of Directors

Chairperson Steven Price, CEO:  The Front Street Partnership LLC – Community Development Strategists

Vice Chairperson Paul Luczak:  Principal – Lake Washington School District (Redmond, WA) — Retired

Treasurer Susan Lobland:  Principal – Puyallup Public Schools (Puyallup, WA) Lynden Middle School (Lynden, WA) –Retired

Secretary Ellen Challenger:  Principal – Lake Washington School District (Redmond, WA) -Retired

Kay Price, Partner:  Partners for Effective Teaching LLC;  Adjunct Faculty Woodring School of Education – Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

 

Pilot Project Faculty

David VanderYacht, Principal at Isom Elementary School in Lynden, WA

Sarah VanDyken, 3rd grade Teacher at Isom Elementary School in Lynden, WA

Diana Gutierrez,English Teacher Aquiles Serdan School, San Patricio, Cihuatlan, Jalisco, Teacher/Owner English Language School, Villa Obregón, De Cihuatlan, Jalisco, Mexico

Susan Sutton de Nelson, English Language Teacher, Colegio Jose Maria Morelos School, de Cihuatlan, Jalisco, Mexico

Becky Midboe, Principal, Bernice Vossbeck School, Lynden, Washington

Mary Roebuck, 3rd Grade Teacher, Bernice Vossbeck School, Lynden, Washington

Field Volunteers

John Mortensen, Thinkatron/Media Laboratories, Bellingham, Washington

Debbie Turk, Marketing Manager, Blossom Management Corp., Bellingham, Washington