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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 soom.chandaswang@isd518.net or 507-376-3348.

Tiffany Lamb

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Tiffany Lamb is the Integration Cultural Liaison. She holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Minnesota State University-Mankato and is currently completing a Master’s of Public Administration. She has been involved in community organizing and development over the past 8 years and is excited to continue this work in the Worthington area. She can be reached at tiffany.lamb@isd518.net or 507-376-3300.

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 aida.simon@isd518.net or 507-376-3309.

Jacqueline Garcia

Jacqueline A. Garcia is a Bilingual Program Aide. Jacqueline has worked as an ELL Assistant for Sibley-Ocheyedan High School for the past 5 years. During that time, she has also worked very closely with the newcomer community. Jacqueline is originally from Mexico and fluent in Spanish and English. Jacqueline’s responsibilities include assisting with planning and implementation of programs with NCIC’s six member school districts. She can be reached at jackie.garcia@isd518.net or by phone at 507-376-3300.

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 chansouk.duangapai@isd518.net 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 gladys.aldana@isd518.net

Rachel Fisher

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Rachel Fisher’s role is to coordinate the 8th grade Odyssey program and provide opportunities for students in the areas of civic engagement, college & career readiness, cultural awareness, and leadership development. She also provides student services at the Worthington Area Learning Center. She graduated from John Brown University in Arkansas. You can reach Rachel at rachel.fisher@isd518.net or 507-376-3328.

Kathy Janssen

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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 kathy.janssen@isd518.net or 507-376-3300.