I was born in Kwiguk, Alaska, and grew up in Emmonak on the Yukon Delta, where I attended the elementary school operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, followed by high school at St. Mary's. I received my B.Ed. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and later my M.Ed. in Language and Literacy, also from UAF. My elementary teaching career spanned positions in Mountain Village, Emmonak, Newtok, Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Charter School in Bethel, and work as a Bilingual Coordinator for Lower Yukon School District and the Yupiit School District. Following thirteen years as a Yup'ik language immersion teacher, I served as a Yup'ik Language Education Specialist for the Lower Kuskokwim School District. Currently, I am a teacher mentor with the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project, which partners with the University of Alaska, the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development and K-12, and connected to the Alaska Humanities Forum [C3 (Creating Cultural Competence) Grant]. I will be mentoring in the Lower Kuskokwim School District, one of the two districts served in the A.H.F. C3 grant.
"As classroom teachers, building academic skills while instilling the love of learning are so important for our children. Just as important is nurturing the whole child by acknowledging their cultural identity and building on what they bring into the classroom. I'm looking forward to working with Early Career Teachers to provide quality learning in the most meaningful and challenging way for their students."