Bill Kallappa II, interim director of the Education Department for the Nisqually Indian Tribe and a Makah Tribal Member, was recently appointed to the State Board of Education until 2023 by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Kallappa has a combined 25 years of experience working in public education, parks and recreation youth programs, and tribal youth programs.
He oversees the Early Head Start/Head Start programs, works collaboratively with local school districts at the K-12 level and is responsible for working with higher education institutions for Nisqually adult education programs.
Recently working to establish the Nisqually Youth Council, Kallappa tribal youth have a governing body that addresses issues concerning them. The Nisqually Youth Council is designed to imitate Nisqually Tribal Council and is a legitimate organization complete with a resolution, constitution and bylaws. They have elected officials and a voting body that give a voice to tribal youth.
“I look forward to adding a fresh perspective to the State Board of Education,” Kallappa said. “I will work really hard to advocate for native students across our state and do my best to ensure that the Since Time Immemorial curriculum is being taught in all schools. I look forward to working toward closing the achievement gap that currently exists for our students of color, especially native students, students with special needs and our homeless and foster care students as well. I can’t wait to get started.”
Kallappa is a graduate of The Evergreen State College with a bachelors in interdisciplinary studies. He enjoys spending time with his wife Maia Bellon and teenage daughter Talia.