Phone: 208-763-0800


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Mrs. Kate Keinert - Assistant Principal

Greetings, Otter families! I can’t fully express how thrilled I am to join Northwest Expedition Academy this year. I have served in education in a variety of roles, all in North Idaho public schools, for the last fifteen years. Prior to joining NExA, I served Coeur d’Alene School District as Director of Federal Programs. My three younger children have attended NExA, and I’m so thankful for their experiences in our wonderful school. They have learned to be much better collaborators, problem solvers, critical thinkers, and curious learners thanks to the talented staff and PBL model embraced at NExA.

As I continue to grow my leadership skills, I feel blessed to have such a solid mentor in Principal Jen Peak. Your student (and mine) are in great hands! Together, we have set ambitious goals for ourselves and the NExA staff. We welcome your input, support, and expertise as we continue cutting trails, exploring and maximizing educational opportunities for all students.. There are so many opportunities for you to participate in--and contribute to--our community’s learning. NExA is a special place, made all the more wonderful by the many hands, minds, and hearts involved in the good work. Please consider donating your time, talent, and resources to a project or initiative at Northwest Expedition Academy. Join the PTO, chaperone an expedition, volunteer at an evening event, help us build our outdoor classroom, be a guest speaker or serve on a panel… the options are endless. Most importantly, be an advocate for your student. Show interest in their project, read with them at night, play math games, ask them open-ended questions, and make sure they get to bed on time :). 

Together, we will create a memorable, meaningful year for you and your child; one filled with challenge, joy, friendship, and lots of learning! Thank you for sending your child to our school each day and for trusting us as a partner in their learning journey.