Carol H. Jerue received a B.S. from what was then Oregon College of Education and now is Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon, a reading endorsement and a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Carol struggled during her first two years of teaching in Clatskanie, Oregon. She left there feeling frustrated and was ready to quit teaching based on her inability to create the kind of caring and engaging community of learners that she had envisioned. She moved to Bethel, Alaska and worked as a co-recreation director for the City of Bethel through a contract with Camp Fire. The following year she was hired to teach physical education and humanities to primary students. Teaching subjects that she and her students' loved and working along side some fantastic teachers gave her the confidence to continue teaching. She has taught in every grade level, has experience in single and multi-grade classrooms, has served as a principal/teacher and as a reading/language arts/math Title I specialist. She has spent the last 35 years living, loving the grand adventure of life, learning and teaching in the Iditarod Area School District (Grayling, Anvik, Shageluk, Holy Cross and McGrath), the Saint Mary's School District, and the Anchorage School District (Mountain View, William Tyson, and Willow Crest Elementary Schools). Areas of special interest within education include literacy, math, integrated content, and humanities instruction; multicultural & bilingual education; and working with at-risk learners.
"I love being an agent of change and helping students and their families celebrate successful problem solving strategy use and becoming dedicated, passionate life-long learners so that they are prepared to open any door of opportunity available to them in the future. Based on my own rocky start in education I'm eager to come alongside new teachers and to learn with them and from them as they become educators who create the best possible learning community for themselves, their students and their families."