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Stories from the Field Educators in their Element

From Napakiak, to Fairbanks, to St. Paul, Craig and everywhere in between, you will find NEA-Alaska’s hard-working members. Meet a few of the 12,000+ members who work in Alaska's public schools.
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The Community School

Inside Pacific High School (PHS) in Sitka, Alaska, the walls that separate classrooms are designed to be removed, allowing for openness, robust conversations, and shared learning experiences. Once inside, it may seem like this is an untraditional education environment, but this couldn’t be further from the truth because tradition, culture, and community are the bedrock upon which Pacific High is built.

Our Stories

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The Forever Bear

Part of what makes Julia so special not only in her school but in Kodiak are her deep community roots.
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The Rural Educator

Glenn Charlie never expected he’d be building up his community through education instead of wood and nails.
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The Paraeducator

Mandy’s work, like the work of all ESPs isn’t easy, but she finds it deeply rewarding.
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The Paraeducator

From her resource room, Leilani runs a small reading group for fifth-graders.
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The Elementary School Teacher

For Kate Hamre, the classroom goes beyond her four walls.
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Alaska struggles with high rates of teacher turnover, with out-of-state educators often staying in classrooms only a year or two. The students and community of Napakiak can really benefit from dedicated local educators.
Quote by: Glenn Charlie, Rural Educator
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The Welding Instructor

Robert Frasher had a full career before he took an official role as a teacher in 2007 with the Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC).
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The Culinary Arts Teacher

Melinda Dooley’s culinary arts program is inspiring Anchorage students and setting them up for lifelong success.
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The Welding Instructor

Pete Daley instructs the Girls in Welding program in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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The Education Support

Education support professionals are the unsung heroes of our public schools.

Reach. Teach. Inspire.

NEA-Alaska advocates for an excellent public education for each child in Alaska and advances the interests of public school employees.