Educators in their Element:
Stories from the Field

Meet the 12,000+ members who work in Alaska’s public schools.

From Napakiak, to Fairbanks, to St. Paul, Craig and everywhere in between, you will find NEA-Alaska’s hard-working members. With members in 213 of Alaska’s 229 communities, our members are the heart and soul of the union. Our differences are our strengths, and as a team, we are stronger together. This is a place to learn more about your educators, who they are, where they live, what they do, and why their membership in NEA-Alaska matters so much to them.

Meet Our ESPs

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

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John Hudson

John Hudson's classroom shows the history and culture of the region where he teaches.

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Melinda Dooley

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

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Glenn Charlie

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

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Nathan Erfurth
The Local President
Nathan Erfurth wakes up every morning focused on how he can support the educators of the Kenai Peninsula Education Association.
Leilani Jolliffe
The Paraeducator
From her resource room, Leilani runs a small reading group for fifth-graders.
Kate Hamre
The Elementary School Teacher
For Kate Hamre, the classroom goes beyond her four walls.
Jesse Bjorkman
The Outdoor Education Teacher
Jesse Bjorkman knows to never waste food or a good learning opportunity.
Robert Frasher
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).