The Waadookodaading Staff is made up of a group of educators with the educational and cultural experience and certifications necessary to effectively teach and administer an immersion program, as well as lead the way in the development of methodologies for teaching, assessing, and evaluating immersion programs for the Ojibwe language.

Lorene (Booki) Miskwaagiizhigookwe Wielgot

is a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe and resides in the North Reserve community with her three children, one of whom is a Waadookodaading graduate and another who is in first grade.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northland College, a legal assistant certificate from the University of […]

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 […]

Kekek Jason Stark

LCO Tribal Council Liaison/Legal Council

Kekek Jason Stark is the Attorney General for the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. The mission of the Lac Courte Oreilles Office of the Attorney General is to support, defend, and advance the interests of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe by providing quality legal services to tribal policy makers and tribal […]

Manidoo-noodin Jason Schlender

School Board Parent Representative

Niigaanakwad Mark Montano

School Board Community Representative

is an enrolled member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa where he was formerly Director of Tribal operations, a tribal council member and vice-chairman of the tribal council. Mark served as a co-chair on the BIA tribal interior budget council. He is currently the executive director of the Lac Courte Oreilles housing […]

Ombishkebines Chato Gonzalez

School Board Community Representative

has been working with Obizaan/Lee Staples a first language speaker from the Aazhoomog community in Minnesota since 2006 as an Ojibwe Language apprentice. Obizaan and Ombishkebines have co-published numerous newspaper articles, and in 2015 published their first book titled, Aanjikiing/Changing Worlds: An Anishinaabe Traditional Funeral. He is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles […]

Jackie Rice


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


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 […]

Miskwaanangookwe Carla Miller

Administrative assistant

has lived and worked at Lac Courte Oreilles for most of her life. She has a passion for preservation and restoration of our native foods and protection of our natural resources. She worked on a wild rice restoration project in 2011 at the University of Minnesota and a blueberry restoration project at Lac Courte Oreilles. […]

Mizhakwad Cathy Begay

Business manager

Business Director, has lived and worked at Lac Courte Oreilles since 1979. Cathy is a life long learner of Ojibwemowin and is still striving for fluency. She has experience as a kindergarten teacher aide and a Montessori preschool teacher. She spent twelve years as the Lac Courte Oreilles Head Start director and two years as […]

Zhaanwanikwe Dolores Shawinimash

2-3rd Grade Teacher Trainee

is an Ojibwe first language speaker from Fort Hope, Ontario, Canada. She has worked in various capacities in educational settings, as a teacher aide, librarian, and school secretary. Her fluency, trapping, sewing, and snow shoeing skills make her a natural fit for the active learning that takes place at Waadookodaading.

Bebaamaashiikwe Lisa LaRonge

K-1st Grade Teacher/Educator Research and Development Representative

has taught the Ojibwe language since 1998 at middle school, elementary school and college levels and at Waadookodaading. Her dedication to the Ojibwe language is evidenced by her experience-creating curriculum at the college level, for preschool, elementary, and community adult classes. Lisa was one of Waadookodaading’s first teachers in the 2000 Kindergarten pilot program. She […]

Ogimaabinesiikwe Lisa Clemens

K-7th grade specials teacher

has an Associates of Arts degree in Native American Studies with an emphasis in Ojibwemowin from Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in Ojibwe and a Master’s Degree in Education with a minor in Indigenous Language Revitalization from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Since 2003 she has […]

Waawaakeyaash Keller Paap

2-3rd Grade Teacher/School Board Educator Representative

earned his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Minnesota and completed his elementary teacher training through the Graduate Teaching Licensure program at The College of Saint Scholastica. Currently, he is a Master of education candidate in elementary education at The College of Saint Scholastica and is enrolled in the Dual Language Immersion […]

Gimiwan Dustin Burnette

4th-7th Grade Teacher

is a graduate of The College of St. Scholastica who has been working in immersion since 2009. He spent the first two years of his teaching career near his home teaching kindergarten and first grades at Niigaane immersion school in Bena, MN. Gimiwan moved to Wisconsin in the fall of 2011 to teach the third […]

Niiyogaabawiikwe Brooke Ammann


Waadookodaading Director, graduated from Dartmouth College with a major in Religion and minor in Native American Studies. She returned to Wisconsin to work as the Education and Youth Director for the St. Croix Chippewa tribe. In 2005, she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. […]

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