Nahrin Aziz-Parsons, M. Ed.

Lead Early Childhood Education Faculty
Nahrin Parsons
Nahrin is the full time ECE faculty member at Northwest Indian College. She began her teaching career as a Teach for America corps member in New Orleans, LA and has taught for NWIC as an adjunct ECE faculty member since 2009. Nahrin has been an excellent addition to NWIC’s faculty, providing students with high levels of support coupled with high expectations, in an effort to help them achieve their educational and professional goals.

Shasta Pettijohn, M. Ed.

Adjunct Early Childhood Education Faculty
Shasta Pettijohn
Shasta has worked in adult education for a variety of settings, including working parents and families of young children and supporting K-12 students with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses. Shasta believes that helping people learn to help themselves is rewarding work. In her free time, she enjoys sailing, fishing, camping, playing guitar, and traveling

Alicia Allard, M.S. in ECE

Early Learning Center Director
Alicia Allard
Alicia joined NWIC as director of the Early Learning Center in January 2014. She has a varied background that suits her uniquely well to guide the ELC. As a former maternal health trainer, Lummi Head Start teacher and Lummi Teen Parent Program Toddler Teacher/Parent Educator, Alicia is strongly connected to the ECE community here at Lummi.

Shelley Macy, M.A.

Adjunct Early Childhood Education Faculty
Shelly Macy
Shelley focused on Sacred Little Ones research as a Mellon Fellow through the American Indian College Fund during the 2013-14 academic year. Her research examined what happens for children and teachers when teachers create a peer support system amongst themselves. Shelley retired from Northwest Indian College in the summer of 2015 (after 26 years of teaching in the early childhood education degree program) but remains as a part-time faculty member.

Early Learning Center Staff

  • Kathryn Friday (Tlingit) – Program Coordinator
  • Jessica Ballew (Lummi)—Toddler Teacher
  • Rachel Goodman (Colville descendant)—Preschool Teacher
  • Cindy Ayala — Preschool Teacher
  • Cherry Colmenar - Assistant Teacher