Meet Our Staff


Dorothy Harris (Dottie)

I grew up in San Diego, California. My father was in the Navy for 22 years. I played sports all my life. I went to Chapman University in Orange, California where I played varsity volleyball, basketball, and softball for 4 years. I graduated in 1978 with a B.A. in Physical Education.

1974-1978 - B.A. Chapman University Orange, CA

1978-1980 - Taught Physical Education, English, Coached Volleyball, Basketball, and Cheerleaders @ Needles High School in Needles, CA

1978-1979 - Coached Softball at the University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA

1980-2004 - Taught Physical Education, Health, English at Bellarmine Prepatory School in Tacoma, WA I coached Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Softball, Track, Bowling, I ran a major fund raiser where I earned of 6 million dollars for Bellarmine. It was called "Fitness Fun."

2004-2005 - Taught Special Education in the Tacoma School District Self-Contained at Gault Middle School

2004-2005 - Master's Degree M.A. In Education, Lesley College Cambridge, MA

2004-2005 - Coached Volleyball at Pierce College

2006-2007 - Endorsement in Special Education, City University Seattle, WA

2008-2010 - Educational Leadership & Principal Certification, City University Seattle, WA

2011-2013 - MCAA-Masters Degree Concordia University Irvine, CA

2005-2011 - Taught Special Education at (LRC) at Henry Foss High School Tacoma, WA Coached Volleyball

2011-2015 - Taught Special Education at Mount Tahoma High School Tacoma, WA Coached Volleyball and Softball. Was administrator for summer school, credit retrieval

2015-Present - Shishmaref School Assistant Principal 2 years, Principal - Present

2015- Present - Working on my Doctoral Degree/Dissertation in Education, Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Arizona

I take care of my 83 year old mother, Faye. She is with me in the village. I have a home in Tacoma, WA. In my spare time I'm a volleyball official and a Softball Umpire at all levels. It has been a opportunity of a lifetime to be here in Shishmaref.

Vice Principal

Sean Mikels

I am from Orlando, Florida. I have 3 children Jocelyn, Lauren, and Maverick. My wife, Ashlee, is a 4th grade teacher as well. I have taught Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, SpEd, and English 9, 10, 11, 12. I am thrilled and honored to be at Shishmaref School.

I work to support our teachers and staff in providing an engaging, rigorous, and safe learning environment. Please feel free to stop in and say hello, as my door is always open. If there is anything I can assist you with please let me know.

You can email me at: or feel free to call my cell at (907) 312-8030.


Kate Kokeok

I'm from Shishmaref. I have 3 children, Edward, Carter, and Elizabeth. I enjoy camping, boating, ice fishing, and sewing.

OH Yeah Baby!!

1st Grade

My name is Allison Hargrave, and I teach 1st grade. I'm originally from Colorado. I graduated with my B.A. in Art History and Humanities, from the University of Colorado-Boulder. I then moved to Seoul, Korea where I taught English as a Second Language. After I returned to the United States, I earned my M.A. in Teaching (K-6) from Colorado College, before moving to Alaska. This is now my 6th year as a teacher for the Bering Strait School District. I taught in Brevig Mission for two years and this will be my fourth year in Shishmaref. Outside of teaching, I'm studying to be a Reading Specialist.

2nd Grade

My name is Amy L. Eningowuk and I'm from Ohio. I attended Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. I graduated in 2009 with my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Interventions Specialist, and a K-12 Reading Specialist Cert. In college I also studied abroad in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany; where I taught English to second grade. I moved to Shishmaref in August 2009. My first two years were spent teaching ECE. I also taught one year of 1st grade. However, fall of 2017, will begin my sixth year teaching second grade. I married Barrett Eningowuk in 2015. We love spending time together with our kids Trevor, Madalynn, and Hayden. An interesting fact about me is that I'm a former competitive swimmer and swim team coach.

3rd Grade

Krista Hiatt

I grew up in Spokane, WA. I attending University of Washington in Seattle, for my Bachelor's in Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing). Not long after graduating, I chose to get my Masters in Teaching from Whitworth University. I have worked at Shishmaref School sing 2014. I have loved every minute of it! In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching horror movies, hanging out with friends and family, and cooking with Skip Sinnok. I'm looking forward to a wonderfully productive year with our third grade class!

4th Grade

Jordan Wallin

I'm from Springfield, Pennsylvania. A suburb outside the city of Philadelphia. I have four brothers, two nephews, and 3 nieces. I love to visit them in the summer. I attended college at Grove City, a small school outside of Pittsburg, PA. There I studied elementary education and obtained a Pre-K-4 certification.

My interests include: reading, playing basketball, enjoying good board game, and fiddling with the guitar. I spend my summers working at a Bible Camp outside of Philadelphia. I vacation with family and visit friends from college.

I have entered into my 4th year teaching in Shishmaref. 1st year I taught 5th grade and now in my third year teaching 4th grade. I love to teaching and living in the village, as well as making trips out of the country anytime I can.

5th Grade

Claire White

I was born in Pasadena, California. March 25th 1990. I grew up in Spokane, WA. I went to Mead High School. I was very athletic in high school, on varsity for Cheerleading, Gymnastics, and Track. I also enjoyed downhill ski racing. I moved back to California for college. I went to the University of Redlands, where I majored in Graphic Design. After living in Los Angeles for a year, working odd jobs, I decided to go back to school for my Masters in Teaching at Whitworth University; in Spokane, WA. After completing college I moved to Shishmaref. I have been teaching 5th grade here for the last 3 years.

6th Grade

Hi, my name is Annie Combest-Friedman and I'm originally from Madagascar. My family was part of the Peace Corps, so I got to travel frequently. This is something I like to do in my spare time. I grew up on a farm in Camano Island. With an orchard, cows, chickens, and a horse. I went to college at Washington State University. After college I moved to Spokane, WA to substitute teach for awhile. I'm currently in my second year teaching 6th grade in Shishmaref.

Middle School Teacher

Brianna Wheeler

I was raised in Spokane, WA. I grew up traveling every summer because my family lived in many different states. I love museums, long walks, and muktuk. This will be my 4th year teaching here in Shishmaref. I'm delighted to be working with the 7th and 8th grade students! As they get ready for high school, many new and exciting opportunities open up for them. My goal is to make them ready for as many options for their future, as possible.

Middle School Teacher

Shaun Milligan

"I grew up in Burns, Wyoming. I went to Burns schools from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. When I graduated I went to Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska and double-majored in Philosophy and International Studies with an emphasis in French. While at Hastings College I studied abroad in Paris, France at the L'institut de Catholique de Paris with a focus on photography. After graduating from Hastings College I took a year off before going to the University of Wyoming. While at UW (the real UW), I worked in the American Studies graduate program. My focus was on post-war American literature. Specifically, my focus was on the movement between the domestic gendered economies of the postwar American household and the privileged masculine perspectives and contradictory desires of postwar American authors in the theater of containment. My masters thesis, titled "Playing House: Masculine Anxiety over the Domestic in Sloan Wilson's The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and Jack Kerouac's On The Road" was defended at the Cooper House in May 2013. During my time at the University of Wyoming I also worked for the Daniel's Fund as a student mentor, completed an internship for the American Heritage Center, edited the Owen Wister Review, and was a graduate assistant for my program. My advisor during this time was Dr. Frieda Knobloch and my thesis chair was Dr. Ulrich Adelt. Following my completion of the American Studies graduate program, I went on to complete the Post-bac program in Secondary English Education at the University of Wyoming. I received an offer to teach at Shishmaref School at the University of Wyoming job fair in March, 2015, and took it on the spot. This is my third year working at Shishmaref School and I hope to work here for many more years."

Secondary Math Teacher

Bob Young

Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Brown county, St. Mary's Hospital, on October 11, 1965. I was adopted by Robert and Helen Young of Baraboo, Wisconsin at about 1 month of age. The Baraboo area has a state park 2 miles outside of town, Circus World Museum, the Al Ringling theater, a zoo, North Continent Railway Museum with real steam trains, and is 15 minutes from Wisconsin Dells and 45 minutes from the State Capitol in Madison, WI. South Central Wisconsin was a great place to grow up.

I have one sister, Shelly; A nephew, Josh; and a great nephew, Wyatt. No children- never married.

I attended the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater and graduated in 1991, with a BSE in Mathematics/Physics. I also earned two associates degrees. - Microcomputer Specialist and Network Specialist.

I have had several jobs in my lifetime: Delivering papers, de-tasseling corn, stocking shelves in a drug store, hardware store, factory, one-stop shop gas station, managed a Pizza Hut, managed my parent's tavern, half-way house manager, tutored, trained, etc.

I have enjoyed living and teaching in Shishmaref for eight years. I look forward to the upcoming school year.

Reading/Language Arts Teacher

My name is Jon Garner and I'm from Fort Wayne, Indiana. This will be my 5th year teaching, and my 4th year teaching in Shishmaref School. I teach reading/language arts and my favorite book is the Great Gatsby. I also have a double minor in film and media communications. During the summer, I love to go to as many baseball games as possible. One of my bucket list items is to go to every major league ballpark at least once. So far I have been to 8.

Science Teacher

Ken Stenek

Taught in Shishmaref for 18 years. Originally from Elma, WA. I moved to Alaska in 1995 to attend UAF. I completed my B.S. in General Biology, in 1997 and my M.A.T. in 1999. I accepted a teaching position here in Shishmaref at that time and have been here since. I married Lisa Stenek in October 2001. We have seven children together. All are attending school this year from pre-k through 11th grade. In my spare time I documented the bird species that use the surrounding area and so far have over 125 different species. I also enjoy subsistence activities like salmon fishing and berry picking.

Secondary Social Studies Teacher

Randy Holweger

Born and raised in Hatton, ND

Youngest of 5 children

Attended college in North Dakota

Taught 2 years in rural ND before moving to Shishmaref in the Fall of 2014.

Secondary Special Education

Hi! My name is Bethany. I'm originally from Ohio (Go Bucks!). I graduated in 1999 with my teaching degree from Marietta College in Ohio. I have been teaching ever since. This school year will be my 18th year teaching. I have taught in Ohio, North Carolina, Texas, and Alaska. Every state has offered new and exciting knowledge and challenges. In Alaska, I have taught in Holy Cross, Kotzebue, Nome, and now Shishmaref. This is my 4th year teaching Special Education. I can say that I love the village and kids in Shishmaref. Everyone has worked to make me feel welcome and part of the team. I look forward to an exciting and rewarding school year!

Tech /Head Start Teacher

My name is Lucas Trunkey. I come from Spokane, Washington. I'm a proud husband and father, with one more addition on the way. In 2009 I started schooling, by attending the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School Institute in Portland Oregon. With a dream of becoming a professional chef.

As my dreams grew I realized I would like to own my own business one day and decided to go back to school. I soon achieved a Bachelors in Business Administration. But it was through church ministry, I discovered a passion for teaching kids. I finally knew my career would be in the field of teaching. In 2016 I graduated with a Masters in Teaching, grades K-8. With my new training, I moved to Shishmaref, AK. I taught head start my first year and I’m currently the Technology Teacher.

Things I love to do: spend time with my family, fishing, hunting, music production, playing sports, and cooking exotic foods. Something many people do not know about me is that I have a twin.


My name is Eddie Hornsby, School Counselor at the Shishmaref School.

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Science Education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1992, and my Master of Education degree in School Counseling from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2004.

I'm originally from Goshen, Ohio, near Cincinnati, and was a high school science teacher for 16 years; 14 of which were in public schools in Ohio. I also coached middle school football, was a high school assistant coach, and was a baseball coach for several years.

I moved to Nulato, Alaska in 2010, and took on my first School Counseling position as an itinerant for the Yukon-Koyukuk School district; serving the Athabascan villages of Nulato, Kaltag, Koyukuk, and Ruby, Alaska. I served those communities respectfully until 2013.

I then took on a full-time position at one school with the North Slope Borough School District at the Kali School in the Inupiaq village of Point Lay in 2013. I worked there successfully as their School Counselor until 2016.

Since 2016, I have been honored to work with my students here in the Shishmaref School. I love the Inupiaq traditions here, the drumming, dancing, and the fine Native art and crafts created by the men and women of this village. It is my hope that our students here in Shishmaref can find balance to become well skilled and educated young people, and yet never forget home... never forget Shishmaref. While some do leave to become educated, or to earn trade skills, my hope is that as many can bring those skills that they learn either back to the village, or to other Inupiaq or other Native villages for in the future.

I am married to my wife of 18 years, Larissa, who is also honored to work with many of your students here at the Shishmaref School as an aide. Thank you for making her feel welcome just as you do me. We are so grateful to many of you who have taken us in, and make us feel at home here in Shishmaref.


Art Teacher

Nic Sweet

I was born in Anchorage, Alaska. And I was an army brat so I got moved around a lot when I was younger. I always come back to Alaska, this is home for me. I started drawing and playing chess when I was about four. And I still play chess every once in a while, but I never stopped drawing.

On my bachelor’s degree for animation I spent most of my time drawing...I had a mentor that had me shadow him and help incoming students with their portfolios. That was my first taste of education and my realization about how important it is to pass the knowledge on. That was also a reminder for me of how important it is to recognize we are all human beings in this world.

I’m an artist, so since that time, I’ve made art, participated in art shows. I’ve had the opportunity to work with folks from most of the major arts organizations in Alaska. And to work to increase the arts in Anchorage, my home town. I’m married to an amazing lady Vanessa(who is also an amazing artist) and my super smart daughter Luna May (she makes art too). And now we are living this amazing opportunity to be here in Shishmaref. From working with the kids, to making friends, to everyday I meeting and talking with artists in the village. I am blown away by the sense of community here, everybody takes care of everybody here. I truly feel blessed to have brought my family here.

Librarian/Migrant Education

My name is Darlene Tocktoo, born and raised in Shishmaref, Alaska. This school year, I will be teaching Library Skills for grades K-6. I also will be continuing the Migrant Education Program, to help fund the necessary programs for our site. The library will have a lot more space for instructional time and be more library friendly. The computers will not be available, however, there will be a compute lab on the elementary side. I'm looking forward to the upcoming school year this fall.

Elementary Special Education

My name is Lisa Villano, and I am the Elementary Special Education teacher. I am one of the rare breed of Bush Alaska teachers that was actually raised in Alaska myself, as I am from Fairbanks. I am also a second-generation Bush Alaska teacher - my parents both taught in St. Mary's, Alaska, for three years in the 1970s. I graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in Psychology in 2010, and from the University of Alaska Anchorage with my teaching credential in 2014. Additionally, I worked in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District for six years, until moving with my husband, Chioke, to Shish in 2016.

Bilingual/Bicultural Aide

Helenmarie Bessi (Senungetuk) Sinnok - Bilingual/Bicultural Aide since 2008. Married to Warren, mother of 4 children, grandmother of 2 boys. Born in Anchorage, lived most of my life in Shishmaref since I was 7. Graduated from the Shishmaref School. I love being outdoors, I enjoy the subsistence lifestyle, and preparing our foods. Dog mushing and racing off and on since the age of 16, snow machining, boating, camping, hunting, fishing.