Indian Parent Committee

Roles of the Parent Committee

These accordians provide concise summaries of the roles, objectives, and mission of the Parent Committee. Also go over the Plan for 2023-2024

  • 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

Georgia Sobotta

BioTeacher/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

BioHello 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

BioMy 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

BioI 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.

Bobbie Penney

BioMy name is Bobbie Penney and it is my first term as a member of the Lapwai Indian Parent committee. I am a former Lapwai Elementary School teacher. I have seven children and all of them have attended Lapwai elementary, middle and high schools. Three are Lapwai alumni and two are currently attending Lapwai schools “Go Wildcats”! My family has established and is growing three childcare/preschool programs, one in Lapwai, Kamiah and Lewiston. The mission of our organization is to offer necessary support and services to strengthen family networks in hope of helping to raise well-adjusted kids with a future as confident learners in their communities. I feel this gives me a tremendous amount of experience and purpose needed to step into this position.

Karee Picard

BioHi! This is Karee Picard

Alicia Wheeler

BioAlicia 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

BioHi this is Connie!

DelRae Kipp


BioHi, I am Delrae and I am our Chair Person.

Our Misson

The mission of the Lapwai Indian Education Department is to help meet the unique cultural and academic needs of Native American Students. The Lapwai Indian Parent Committee (IPC), Culture Responsive – Team of Teachers, the Nez Perce Tribe Education Department, and the school administration/staff are vital to Lapwai collaborative planning of educational programs.