Meet Natalie Kemler!   Leave a comment


Hey Team! (I’m not sure why my picture is super huge…). Anyway, my name is Natalie Kemler, and I will be a Junior at the University of Washington, and I am in the Early Childhood and Family Studies Major in the College of Education. I have been a part of the Jumpstart Program at UW for the past two years, and along with continuing my service there, I wanted to join the Pipeline Project, too! I love working with children and I am looking forward to meeting new people, and really learning about a Native American culture. I also love traveling, and I go to Austria and Germany most summers because that is where the majority of my family lives, and I love coffee, puppies, roses, puns and Star Wars. I’m looking forward to meeting you all! 🙂

Posted June 17, 2017 by natmkem in Team

Meet Amy Li!   Leave a comment


Hi everyone!  My name is Amy Li, and I just completed my first year in the School Psychology Program.  I also did my undergrad at UW and majored in Business and American Ethnic Studies.  Returning to school has been really fun, and I want to find a way to stay here for as long as I can.  =)  My parents are from China.  They decided to settle in Portland, OR, so I grew up there, but I’ve lived in Seattle for the past 10ish years.

I’m very excited about the Neah Bay project.  I love learning, listening to stories, and journeying alongside children as they discover the depths of who they are and who they can become.



Posted June 14, 2017 by amysili in Team

Meet Sevi Fua   1 comment


Hey Team! My name is Sevi Fua and I am going into my Senior year majoring in Public Health. To tell you a little about myself I was born in Seattle, WA (I guess this make me one of those rare Seattle gems people can’t seem to find) to parents that are from two different parts of the world. My mother is from Tonga, an island nation in the South Pacific and my father is from El Salvador, a small country in Central America.

I would say that one of my greatest hobbies is traveling around the world, so far in my life I have been to 15 countries, my favorite so far being Cambodia. Other than that, I enjoy reading, eating exotic food and going on long walks getting lost in the local community.

I’m really looking forward to this project because we get to work with kids in the Neah Bay community and hopefully inspire them and create a way for them to share their stories with the world. This project will be amazing for sure and I’m excited to meet the other members of the project as well 😀

Posted June 13, 2017 by sevifua in Team

Meet Grecia Leal   Leave a comment

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Hello! My name is Grecia Leal Pardo. I am a graduating senior double majoring in Classics and Drama, which just means I spend a lot of my time translating things and being in rehearsals. Also, I work at the Undergraduate Research Program. Originally from Morelia, Mexico, I moved to Chehalis when I was 9 and grew up there. I really enjoy traveling, reading, and visiting museums. I love stories and learning from other cultures, and I value empowering minorities to pursue higher education. I’m excited to working with children on storytelling and finally learn more about a Native American culture. I look forward to being a part of this team!

Posted June 13, 2017 by grecialeal in Team

Meet the Amazing 2017 – 2018 Neah Bay Team   Leave a comment

Team, Please post your photo, bio and a short statement of what your’e looking forward to this year in a posting below.  I am rusty on wordpress so any advice is appreciated!!!


Posted June 9, 2017 by castick in Team

Winter Visit from the Yakama Nation   Leave a comment

We were so exited to see the students from the Yakama Nation this week. In the morning, we played some name games and energizers together. Later in the day, a UW student named Zulen gave all of us a tour of the UW Campus and shared with us fun facts about the buildings and the school. The students got to tour the HUB, the Quad, Red Square, Suzzallo Library, and the Rocket Lab at Johnson Hall. During lunch, Jim LaRoche, the American Indian/Alaska Native focus Admissions Counselor came to speak to the students about how excited he is for this partnership and program. He let the Yakama students know that there is a place for them here at UW and that he would be one of those people that could really help them when they get around to the time to apply for colleges. It was so great that the students could explore  and learn about UW and see the possibility of higher education and all that it has to offer. Til’ next time! 🙂


Posted February 26, 2016 by jha93 in Team

Our Conversation with Neuee!   Leave a comment

We had the wonderful opportunity to have a conference call with Neuee, a third grade teacher at Neah Bay Elementary School. For those on the Yakama team, this was their first conversation with Neuee, while for the Neah Bay team and I, it was great to hear her voice again. Neuee has been a teacher in Neah Bay for many, many years and her family has great history in education in this community. Her great-grandparents, the parents of ten children, donated their land in order to to construct a school in Neah Bay and prevent the children of Neah Bay being sent away to boarding schools. Today, the current school is still located on the same plot of land. Youth has, and always will be a central theme in Makah culture.

Neuee introduced us to the teaching style known as “growth mindset”. This technique allows students to become aware of their thinking habits. At Neah Bay Elementary School, growth mindset has been used in the classroom and has improved student learning greatly. For example, Neuee explained to us that her students were stressed, and some even tearful, of an upcoming multiplication quiz. These students had a fixed mindset that they could not do multiplication because it was their first time doing it. Neuee assigned a multiplication problem for them to each calculate the area of a rug, but instead of just grading for an answer, Neuee was more concerned with them understanding how to figure it out. This was her four-step strategy she gave the students in the directions.

  1. Box, circle, or underline important parts of the question.
  2. Draw what the diagram (rug) will look like.
  3. Write the equation to show how the problem was solved.
  4. Show the correct answer with labels.

After the quiz, Neuee gave extensive feedback for each student.  The specific details give them an understanding on how to meet expectations and be successful. She then assigned a new problem after the feedback, in order for the students to feel more confident and demonstrate what they learned. As Neuee put it, “having a fixed mindset is a closed door, negating any change to learn. But with a growth mindset, you’re believing and thinking, and even if you might fail, at least your door is still open”.

Teachers care about their students, and strive for them to succeed. Neah Bay Elementary School is strong, both academically and culturally, due to their hardworking teaching staff and community support. Teachers like Neuee put in extra time and effort instructing with growth mindset, and it is worth it, because it makes a life-long difference.

Posted January 26, 2016 by andrewkyrios13 in Team