Explorations Academy hires new staff, expands school space

Explorations Academy, an independent high school in Bellingham, has hired three new faculty and administrative staff members and is also expanding into the lower level of its current location at 1701 Ellis St.

Gale Sterrett joins as an administrative manager.

Sterrett attended Fairhaven College at Western Washington University, studying narrative art in diverse media. Her professional work has focused on promoting energy and land conservation, environmental education, sustainable food and farming systems and organic vegetable horticulture.

Eli Loomis, a new part-time faculty member, studied botany, marine biology, sociology and photography at Western Washington University and earned a master’s in genetics and writing. Loomis taught at Whatcom Community College prior to coming to Explorations Academy. He has mapped the Montana wilderness, worked for two field seasons on Antarctic expeditions that took him to the Antarctic Peninsula, and ran a greenhouse at the geographic South Pole.

Hillary Landers, who also also joins as a faculty member, attended Western Washington University and earned a bachelor’s in environmental education and Spanish language. She previously worked at a nature reserve in Chile, where she developed an environmental education curriculum for the neighboring rural elementary schools.

Explorations Academy’s expanded space—a component of the school’s five-year strategic plan—will be used for classrooms, a technology and study center, Aikido (and PE) instruction, an invention studio, outdoor equipment and instructional material storage, and a meeting and performance area for large school gatherings, music and theater.

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