In Memory Of

A memorial service to honor previous Board member Ian Edlund will be held on Zoom on September 25, 2021, starting at 1:45 p.m. Unfortunately, due to the low capacity allowed, only the people speaking and performing will be present in the church–The United Churches of Olympia. The service will feature memories from Ian’s life and music, including Bach, played on his own cello.

Zoom link available here:

Meeting ID: 836 5233 8416


Bill Williams was a long-time, dedicated member and generous supporter of the North Thurston Education Foundation. Throughout his nine years on the board, Bill was integral in expanding the mission and outreach of the foundation. A memorial service for Bill will be held on Saturday, October 23, at 1:00 p.m. at the Koval Center. Contact Mike Jones at [email protected] for additional information.

There’s Still Time to Join Us for Our Annual Luncheon


Join us for the 19th Annual “Because of You” Fundraising Luncheon on Friday, October 15, at 11:30 a.m. at Indian Summer. The event will also be available as a virtual online event.

The lunch is complimentary, but we request that all guests register. A $100 minimum donation is encouraged. Donations raised at the luncheon will help our district’s neediest kids and their families, fund the Foundation’s scholarship program and support our teachers with Learning Improvement Grants.

There are both sponsorship and volunteer opportunities available. Please get in touch with Mike Jones at (360) 790-6548 or [email protected].




NTPS Teacher Named Washington State Teacher of the Year!

Jerad Koepp, a Native American student program specialist at North Thurston Public Schools in Lacey, has been named the Washington state teacher of the year for 2022, the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced Monday.

Koepp has been a teacher for 16 years, including eight years in his current role.

Koepp provides cultural and academic support for about 230 Native American students from more than 50 tribes, nations, bands, and villages in the 22-school district, according to OSPI.


*Photo is courtesy of the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.