Bezhigogaabawiikwe ‘Bezhig’ Hunter

is a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe tribe and is where she and her daughter reside today. She earned her AA degree in Native American Studies with an Emphasis in Ojibwe Language from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College. For the past five years she has continued working closely with the Ojibwe […]

Madwewegiizhig Willis Ford

K-1st Grade Teacher Aide

is a Lac Courte Oreilles tribal member.  He was raised in Bad River and moved home to LCO in 2008.  He earned his AA in Natural Resources at LCOOCC in 2015.  Willis has fond memories of his Ojibwe speaking grandmother and wants to bring Ojibwemowin back to his family.  Madwewegiizhig currently has one daughter enrolled at Waadookodaading […]

Jackie Rice

Kitchen

is currently an employee for the Waadookading School as a cook. It’s been an honor for her to work for the school for about 2 1/2 years. She currently doesn’t speak or understand the language but her goal is to someday enroll in the language program. Not only will it benefit her to understand staff and students but […]

Zhaangweshi Brooke Simon

2nd-3rd Grade Teacher

Zhaangweshi/Brooke Simon is from Chippewas of the Thames. She has a Bachelor of Arts (double major in: English/Native Studies) from University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Education (K-6) from University of Ottawa. She began working at Waadookodaading in 2014.

Netaa-niimid Aamookwe Persia Erdrich

K-1st Grade Teacher/Educator Representative

(Turtle Mountain Chippewa) earned her undergraduate degree in American Indian Studies with a focus in Ojibwe Language from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Persia first began working in immersion as the Program Coordinator for Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidaakiiminang, an adult Ojibwe language immersion program. After visiting Waadookodaading in 2013, Persia began to strive towards becoming […]

Waasegiizhigookwe Rosie Gonzalez

K-1st Grade Teacher Trainee

is a LCO Tribal Member born and raised in the Round Lake Community. She recently returned to Lac Courte Oreilles with her children so they can attend Waadookodaading. While living in the Twin Cities, she served on multiple educational committees including Title VII and Johnson O’Malley. Waasegiizhigookwe is dedicated to culture and language revitalization for […]

Gegaayootayaash Nick Hanson

4-7th Grade Teacher Trainee

has lived on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation for the majority of his life. He has worked endlessly on our Ojibwemowin since 2013. His hard work on the language has lead him to become one of the up and coming 2nd language learners we have in Ojibwe country. Gegaayootayaash’s love for his culture and community […]

Gaagigegiizhigookwe Nicole Kneeland

English Language Arts Teacher

English/language arts teacher, has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Northland College and a Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction. In the past, she has worked as an elementary teacher at LCO schools and as a director for the Future Indian t\Teachers program at Lac […]

Saangwewigaabaw Tom Saros

Ojibwe Language Specialist

grew up as a first language speaker of Ojibwemowin then moved away from home to Minneapolis at the age of 16. He moved home to Round Lake Wisconsin in 1992 and started relearning the language he had forgotten. He is a drum keeper and lodge member in his home community. Sangwewegaabaw enrolled his grandson in […]

Migizi Michael Sullivan, PhD

Linguist

is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and parent of Waadookodaading students. He is a graduate of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College with an Associates degree in Native American studies, and earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Superior with a major in Sociology […]

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