Stories

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. They are an important part of a team that fosters successful learning environments.

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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

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

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Leilani Jolliffe
Retired Paraeducator
From her resource room, Leilani runs a small reading group for fifth-graders.
Robert Frasher
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).
Jesse Bjorkman
Social Studies Teacher
Jesse Bjorkman knows to never waste food or a good learning opportunity.
Kate Hamre
Elementary School Educator
For Kate Hamre, the classroom goes beyond her four walls.