NWPE announces new board, officers

Northwest Professional Educators, a non-union professional educator association, has announced a new board of directors and officers.

Bill Proser Board Headshot
Bill Proser


Bill Proser is founder of the nationally recognized Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy and the academy’s honors literature and economics teacher. Proser’s academy was ranked No. 59 in the nation by the Washington Post and No. 1 in Idaho in the “High School Challenge 2013.”  The academy implements an original college preparatory curriculum, which includes Latin in seventh grade, interdisciplinary history and English classes and accelerated reading of great works. A multi-year fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Proser also served as member of a Coeur d’Alene committee organized to transform a neo-Nazi Aryan Nations compound into a human rights center.

Vice president

Cherri Sabala is an Idaho teacher certification specialist and state coordinator of the

cherri sabala
Cherri Sabala

American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) from Boise. Sabala entered education after a career in the private sector as a business owner, sales professional and entrepreneur. She was an English/language arts teacher at an alternative school in Nampa prior to her current position with ABCTE.


Mikki Nuckols is a reading teacher at Rocky Mountain Middle School in Idaho Falls, and winner of Idaho’s 2007 Milken Educator Award.

Nuckols serves on the State Department of Education Professional Standards Commission and is a

Mikki Nuckols 2013
Mikki Nuckols

leader in the Idaho Middle Level Association, which awarded her teacher of the year for her region in 2010.  Nuckols also served on the state Teacher Evaluation Task Force.


Barbara Amidon of Olympia, Wash., is a recently retired middle school counselor and co-founder of NWPE as a state partner of the Association of American Educators. In the 1990s, Amidon led a statewide effort challenging the Washington Education Association’s (WEA) use of mandatory union dues for politics in a federal class action lawsuit.

Board member

Brad Patzer, Supervision Manager at Idaho Digital Learning Academy and 2003 Idaho Milken Educator, was also re-elected to the board.  Like Nuckols, he has served on the State Department of Ed

Brad Patzer Newsletter Headshot
Brad Patzer

ucation Professional Standards Commission and was a member of the State Board of Education’s Online Learning Subcommittee.  Patzer, of Orofino, was a social studies, economics and math teacher at an alternative high school in Rathdrum prior to his current position.

Jennifer Swindell

Jennifer Swindell

Managing editor and CEO Jennifer Swindell founded Idaho Education News in 2013. She has led the online news platform as it has grown in readership and engagement every year, reaching over two million pageviews a year. Jennifer has more than 35 years of experience in Idaho journalism. She also has served as a public information officer for Idaho schools and as a communication director at Boise State University. She can be reached at [email protected].

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