Ms. Bjerkestrand was trained and certified as an etiquette consultant through the Protocol School of Washington in Washington, DC. Ms. Bjerkestrand applied the knowledge and standards of excellence acquired from this training, blended her expertise as a consultant with her experience in teaching and coaching, to develop new, unique and powerful programs. These relevant and up to date programs are presented to executives, athletes, businesses, students and universities around the northwest. These programs are only available through the Northwest School of Protocol and have been well received by many corporate, educational and private systems. Classes and programs are conducted at the new location in Spokane. Ms. Bjerkestrand has written articles for local publications and been a guest speaker at numerous events.
Ms. Bjerkestrand is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from Gonzaga University. She is a member of the American Philosophy Association and the Philosophy Learners and Teachers Organization, (PLATO). Ms. Bjerkestrand was a board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners for the 2010-2011 year. She is a NEA member, was a winner of the National Association of Professional Women‘s Woman of the Year award, and attends First Presbyterian Church. She also participated in an ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility Roundtable through the International Trade Alliance, in Seattle, WA. Ms. Bjerkestrand also supports the National Autism Society, Special Olympics, Girl Scouts, and 4-H.
Ms. Bjerkestrand is a graduate of Central Washington University, with a degree in Special Education. She has approximately 20 years of teaching experience in grades pre-K through12, and has coached track and basketball at the junior high and high school levels. She participated in dance, varsity track and varsity basketball.
Ms. Bjerkestrand has particular passions for philosophy, especially ethics, literature, writing, and civil discourse. She enjoys gardens, roses, nature, and the outdoors. When not at NWSofP, she appreciates quality time, solitude, and collecting crafted items of quality. She currently lives in Spokane, WA with her husband, Wray.