Brian Pahl

NCCE has an unbelievable team of individuals from WA, MT, OR, ID and beyond, working and supporting our members. Next up is Brian Pahl.

Full name

Brian Pahl

Professional Title

8th grade Language Arts, Social Studies, and AVID teacher

School District or Organization

Bellingham Public Schools

What state are you from?


Highlight a memorable event or person from a past NCCE event that reminded you of what NCCE represents.

When I think of NCCE I will always think of Heidi Rogers, the founder and former CEO. She always talked about how NCCE was about the people. And I have found that to be true in every aspect of the organization. I have learned great things I can share with colleagues or implement with students, but it is the people I have met and worked with and learned beside that I will remember.

Please describe the reason you joined the NCCE board of directors.

I was nominated by a colleague. I had never been on a board before. NCCE has given me so much, so I thought, what the heck, let’s see what happens. Once I was elected, I was happy to try and serve this organization and its members, to try and give back some of what NCCE has given me.

How many years have you been an involved member of NCCE?

I have been a member of NCCE for 15 years.

What are you looking forward to in Seattle at NCCE25?

I am really excited to see where AI is going, and how we use our HI (human intelligence) to harness it. And I look forward to what I look forward to every year: gathering with other educators who are trying to do better for our students. How can we make learning more accessible, interesting and relevant?

Please share something you learned from being part of the NCCE community.

I really appreciate how many people talk about learning first, technology second. And how we need to keep students and student learning at the forefront of our minds. Yes, there are great products out there but they are great because of what they allow me do with and for my students.

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