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Northwest Professional Educators
104 E. Fairview Avenue, Suite 275
Meridian, ID 83642
Tel: 800-380-6973
Fax: 866-595-7970
Email: Website Contact Form

Key Staff:
Amy Kernin-Laye, Regional Membership Director, Idaho


Amy Kernin-Laye

Regional Membership Director, Idaho

Amy Kernin-Laye serves as NWPE's Regional Membership Director in Idaho, providing member services, introducing new members to NWPE, and collaborating with partners to advance NWPE's mission. Amy has worked in and around education for over 15 years. She has her masters degree in Adult and Organizational Learning and Leadership. Born and raised in Idaho, she is a graduate of Kimberly High School, the College of Southern Idaho and the University of Idaho. Amy has worked with college prep programs such as GEAR UP and TRiO for more than 10 year at UNLV and the State Department of Education. For the past year and a half she has been a substitute teacher in the West Ada school district. Through these experiences, Amy was fortunate to have work with teachers and educators from all across the state. Amy resides in Meridian with her husband and two children. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with friends and planning events for family members.

Board of Directors:

Dr. Bill Proser, NWPE President, is a renowned literature, history, and economics teacher at the  Coeur d'Alene Charter School which he and his wife Dee founded in Coeur d'Alene, ID.  The Academy is consistently ranked one of the nation's highest performing high schools.  Dr. Proser is also one of America's elite Holocaust educators.

Kim Zeydel, NWPE Vice President and Idaho Teacher of the Year 2015, teaches math in West Ada School District's Meridian Academy in Meridian, ID.  She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2009.  Ms. Zeydel serves on the AAE Advisory Board which provides advice and perspective to the AAE staff, contributes ideas and recommendations on education policy, and which serves as representative to the broader teaching community.

Cherri Sabala, NWPE Secretary, is an Idaho Teacher Certification Specialist and State Director of Idaho's American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE).  She has been a business owner and taught in Nampa, ID, prior to her current position.

Tony Bonnuccelli, NWPE Treasurer, is administrator/principal of Moscow Charter School (MSC) in Moscow, ID.  MSC is a Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) based charter school.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Bonnuccelli was a K-12 band, choir, and general music teacher in Colton, WA.

Barb Amidon is a retired school counselor in Olympia, WA.  She co-founded NWPE in 2001 after a decade of sharing teachers' rights regarding compulsory union fees and efforts to hold the Washington Education Association accountable in its use of member dues.  Ms. Amidon organized a class action lawsuit against the WEA which resulted in the WEA suing her in an attempt to silence her voice and stop her teacher advocate activities.  WEA leaders were not successful.

Lori Porter is a teacher in Portland, OR.  She co-founded, and serves as the Executive Director of, Parents' Rights in Education, a nonprofit organized to protect and advocate for parents' rights to guide the education of their children.  She is also an advocate addressing needs of adults with disabilities and their caregivers.

Colin Sharkey is the Executive Director of the Association of American Educators.



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