Staff

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.


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.

(Cherokee descendant)
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 examines what happens for children and teachers when teachers create a peer support system amongst themselves using the Hand in Hand Building Emotional Understanding curriculum. Shelley retired from Northwest Indian College in the summer of 2015 (after 26 years of building, shepherding, and teaching in the early childhood education degree program) but remains affiliated with Sacred Little Ones as a consultant.

Early Learning Center Staff

  • Johanna Phair (Lummi) — Program Coordinator
  • Christine Edwards (Lummi) — Infant Teacher
  • Cindy Ayala — Infant Teeacher
  • Jessica Ballew (Lummi)—Toddler Teacher
  • Dawn Deshmane — Toddler Teacher
  • Anna Somervile (Lummi)—Preschool Teacher
  • Rachel Goodman (Colville descendant)—Preschool Teacher
  • Maryteri Kennedy (Alaska Native) —Cook