Soom Chandaswang

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Soom Chandaswang is the Achievement & Integration Coordinator. She has been at the Collaborative for  8 years, but this is her first year of taking the leadership role at NCIC. Soom is fluent in Lao and English. Her family are from Laos. They were refugees in Thailand for 15 years. Soom was born in the refugee camp. Soom uses her life experiences as an immigrant to inspire youth and others in her community. Her family has been living in Worthington for 27 years. Soom is a graduate of Worthington High School and Minnesota West Community and Technical College. She also previously attended SMSU. You can reach Soom at or 507-376-3348.

Aida Simon

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Aida Simon is a Bilingual Program Aide who has worked for the Nobles County Integration Collaborative since January 2004. Aida is originally from Eritrea. Aida’s responsibilities include assisting with El Sistema a music program for 3rd-5th grade students, translation and interpreting services, and family support efforts. She also assists in classrooms at Worthington Middle School and the Area Learning Center. You can reach Aida Simon at or 507-376-3309.

Chansouk Duangapai

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Chansouk Duangapai is a Youth Development Leader. He coordinates 7th Grade Odyssey an after-school program for high school students. The program focuses on cultural awareness, leadership development, academic success, civic engagement, and college & career readiness. He also provides direct services to students at the Worthington High School. Chansouk is a graduate from MN West and he received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree from the University of Minnesota. You can reach Chansouk at or 507-727-1114.

Gladys Aldana

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Gladys Aldana is a Youth Development Leader. Gladys coordinates Dynamic 507 which is an after-school program for high school students and provides direct services to Worthington High School students . Gladys is a graduate from the Worthington High School and Minnesota West. She has been an intern for the Worthington Middle School and has been an advocate at the Southwest Crisis Center. You can reach Gladys at 507-727-1116 or

Kathy Janssen

Kathy Janssen is an NCIC Enrichment Coordinator specializing in middle school mathematics and algebra. She provides tutoring and intervention services at the West Learning Center for school age care students and to all other students by appointment. You can reach Kathy at or 507-376-3300.