Lapwai Indian Education ®



Roles of the Parent Committee

  • Advisory to the school district
  • Conduct regular, open meetings
  • Consults with, and is involved in, the school districts development, operation, and evaluation program.
  • Has authority to approve the yearly grant application and any subsequent formal application amendments
  • Has authority to approve or deny the inclusion of Title VI funds in Title 1 school-wide project
  • Develops, in conjunction with the school district, reasonable by-laws by which it conducts its business
  • Cannot review individual student 506 forms or individual student information

Plan for 2021-2022

  • Assist the Lapwai District 341 and meet the social and emotional needs of Native American students.
  • Advocate K-12 Differentiated Teacher Instruction to be used in Lapwai Schools.
  • Advocate for teacher and paraprofessional training to help understand "American Indian Intergenerational Historical" and it's affect on Native American students.
  • Advocate the recognition of Native American student's gifts and talents and multiple intelligences through school sponsored learning activities.
  • Advocate for Nez Perce Language recovery curriculum schoolwide; Advance study and Nez Perce Language college level (dual credit) courses.


Our mission is to meet the unique cultural and academic needs of American Indian students through supplemental programs planned and approved by the local Lapwai Indian Education Parent Committee.

Georgia Sobotta

Teacher/Case Manager

Recently awarded Nez Perce Tribe State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) 2021 Culturally Responsive Teacher of the Year.

Lapwai Middle-High School Leadership team, LMS-LHS Culturally Responsive PLC, Native Culture and Language Team, LMS-LHS Superintendent's Faculty Cabinet, Special Education Leadership Team

Jessica Ford

Hello everyone, my name is Jessica Ford. I am enrolled Spokane and I grew up in Wellpinit, WA but moved to Lapwai in November of 2016. Since moving to Lapwai, I have worked in the substance abuse prevention field. I have also worked with the Lapwai MS/HS as an Academic Advisor. And then I worked for the Nez Perce Tribe as the Elder Advocate.

I now currently work at Nimiipuu Health as a Community Health Representative (CHR). A little bit of my educational background: I have a Bachelor’s in Social Work. I also have obtained my Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certification. I also have a variety of training which includes: domestic violence prevention, sexual assault prevention, suicide prevention, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Mental Health First Aid, etc.

Rachel E. Ellenwood, Vice Chair

My name is Rachel but I go by my nickname Chedda. I am a member of the Nez Perce Tribe (Nimiipuu) and was born and raised on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in Lapwai, Idaho. I have one child, Terrell who attends Lapwai High School.

I graduated from Lapwai High School in 2001, Associate's degree from Northwest Indian College (NWIC) in 2013, Bachelor's Degree from Washington State University (WSU) in 2017 and Master's Degree from WSU in 2021.

Josh Nellesen

I am the Academic Guidance Counselor here at Lapwai High School. This is my 9th year working for this amazing school district. I am the proud father of 2 current Lapwai students in grades 8 and 10. My wife Amanda and I found our way to Lapwai through some kind of divine intervention and we have been blessed beyond all measures to be welcomed into this community.

I attended Whitworth College (now University) from 1998-2002 and graduated with a BS in Psychology. I attended Northwest Nazarene University while gaining employment with the Meridian School District. I graduated with a Masters Degree in School Counseling and was employed by the Meridian District in the role of Guidance Counselor at Elementary, MIddle and High School. I finished my time in Meridian as the Department Chair for Meridian High School.

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Miranda Moses

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Jackie Taylor

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Loraine Harris

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Alicia Wheeler

Alicia Wheeler is the Technical Assistance Coach for the Nez Perce STEP Project at the Nez Perce Education Department where she facilitates the Native Culture & Language Teams in two school districts. She helps to integration of Nez Perce Tribal education standards that are aligned with Common Core and Charlotte Danielson Framework. While working she received her M.Ed from the University of Idaho

She is a proud grandmother to five ranging from age 11 to 5 years of age who all attend Lapwai schools. Alicia’s Professional Objective: To provide a meaningful education to students’ grades K-12 in a safe and caring learning environment in a culturally responsive way.

Connie EllenWood

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DelRae Kipp, CHAIR

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