A mentor since 2012, I have enjoyed working in Athabascan, Inupiat, Yupik, and Siberian
Yupik communities around the state.
During this past year, I had the pleasure of working with 14 first and second year teachers in the Northwest Arctic Borough School District. Along with these Early Career Teachers, I also responded to requests for advice from other teachers, administrators, and community members. The discussions and level of trust that I enjoyed with these folks was rewarding, as was their improved performance in the classroom and their comfort level in their communities.
All students are learners. As a teacher, I build on the students' knowledge to bring them to a higher level of academic performance and critical thinking. I feel that the involvement of parents and the community are essential to the growth of the children's success as learners. I also feel that students have things to teach me as well. Learning from others, respecting individual differences and providing a safe learning environment is the way that I can create a positive atmosphere for learning.