It has not only been a pleasure to work alongside David as a co-teacher, but also to observe his work with the students. He empowers students on the Reservation in a unique way and gives them ownership of their communities through photography and reflection. During an intensive summer course, we combined photography with writing to prompt students to think critically of their surroundings and themselves. His process allows students to engage with hands-on activities that give them true knowledge of what they're doing. David displays tremendous patience with the individuals that he works with and ensures understanding before moving on to the next step of the learning process. The photographic process instills a sense of individual pride in the products students create.
- Alexander Herlich, Salish Kootenai College Upward Bound, Pablo, Montana

Penny Kipp, Board Member

Penny Matt Kipp is a wife, mother, grandmother and sister to 11 siblings. Penny was born and raised and remains in St. Ignatius, Montana on the Flathead Indian Reservation. She is an active photo collector who archives her family and community photographs. In her spare time (and her favorite time) in summer she drives an ice cream truck around the neighborhood and the young people come running from their homes when they hear the music play. Penny is passionate about the people on the Flathead Reservation and strives to encourage people of all ages to pursue their dreams in their life-long learning journey.

She has been appointed by the Governor of Montana to serve on several boards and panels at the state level.

With a bachelor's degree in sociology she has worked in the areas of child protection services, juvenile probation and alcohol and drug prevention. In 1997 Penny received a M.Ed. from Gonzaga University - Spokane Washington. She has served in several roles relevant to that degree, as the former Director and Scholarship Officer for the Tribal Education Department of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She is currently Director of Student Services at Salish Kootenai College.

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