I grew up in wheat country in southeastern Washington State on gravel roads with two brothers. Later, I attended the University of Puget Sound, gained a master's degree in biology at the University of Oregon and served two years in rural India in the Peace Corps. My first Alaskan teaching began in the science department in Seldovia. Ten years later I spent an additional 23 years teaching science in Homer Middle School. I also became a certified outdoor educator and instructed the Project Adventure curriculum for many years in Alaska. I have 3 beautiful children and 3 precious grandchildren. I presently live in Homer, Alaska. This is my fourth year of mentoring.
The term "mentor" comes from the Greek and stands for "a wise and trusted counselor." I hope that the work I am doing with beginning educators will live up to that standard. President John F. Kennedy was inspirational to me in my formative years. He once said: "Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing." ~John F. Kennedy.
Being an Alaskan Statewide Mentor is both an inspiring and humbling endeavor. Sometimes you learn as much or more than you give and there is never a finish line; only a continuum that keeps moving ever onward. Like the Peace Corps experience, it can be the hardest job you will ever love.