Staff

Susan R. Nedza, Principal

I am excited about working with all of you and your children. I have worked with children of all ages for more than 25 years now. I have worked in Point Hope, Bethel, and Savoonga as well as in New York as a School Counselor and Principal in the past. I hold a Masters Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Leadership.

I hope that we will meet soon and work together to make this a great year. If you or your child has a need or concern please let me know and I will work with you to help in any way I can.

ECE Educator: Tiana Nelson

I'm excited to be in Shaktoolik for my second year! I'm from Denver, Colorado and I graduated from The University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Early Childhood Education. This is my second year as the ECE teacher and I am excited for a fun year. I love playing volleyball and soccer, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. Shaktoolik has been such a wonderful place so far and I am looking forward to another year here.

K/1st grade teacher: Jen Cross


2nd/3rd Grade Teacher: Stacy Paniptchuk

Hi! I'm Stacey Paniptchuk. I grew up in Shishmaref, Alaska as Stacey Stasenko. :) Silas Paniptchuk moved me to Shaktoolik in September of 2007 when we were married. We now have 4 children! I am currently the 2nd and 3rd grade teacher. I love watching the children grew in so many ways each and every day and every year since I've been a teacher 2013. Besides teaching I love spending time with my family, sewing and subsisting.

4th/5th grade teacher: Buddy Hatfield


6th/7th grade teacher: Linda Bekoalok


HS English: Brittany Deshner


HS Math Teacher: Katie Polcyn


HS Science/Social Studies:

Jessica Wurzel

I'm excited to join the community of Shaktoolik this year. I'm from Wyoming, in the northwest corner near beautiful Yellowstone National Park. I have a lot to learn from my students this year about their culture and about teaching. I hope we learn together! I love reading and learning, all things science, playing in the outdoors and being active, board games, and eating good food! Shaktoolik has been such a wonderful place of opportunities already, and I'm so happy to be here.

Special Education Teacher: Lisa Kelley