I was born and raised on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Although I have a large extended family with which I am very close, I have only one sibling, a sister, who is 14 months older than me. In 2009 I married my best friend, Brenna, and a few months later we moved to Alaska. Living on the Kenai Peninsula, I worked as an architect for five years, before moving to Stebbins in August 2015.
In Stebbins, I enjoy being outside; backpacking, skiing, camping, and exploring. You can also find me participating in an occasional game of basketball. Always ready to learn new things, I have tried to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to get to know the people of Stebbins and learn more about their culture, while also passing on my love of learning to my students.
One of my favorite quotes about teaching is “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” I strive to create an environment in my classroom where students can learn by exploring for answers to their questions.
I am from Stebbins, and this year makes 10 years that I’ve been working at our school.
My first job out of high school was as a cashier over at the native store. After having Keith, I then started working at the laundry mat for a few months. Then I started working here.
I love working with the little ones in Kindergarten. I love to see what they learn throughout the year. I love how they are always happy to see me -- anywhere. They are fun to work with and sometimes can say the cutest things!
When I’m not working, I love to be outdoors doing whatever, from picking berries, looking for live game such as geese, reindeer, moose, or during the winter even go and haul logs/wood.
Just as every year, I look forward to all the little new faces and to watch and see their progress as they learn.
I am from Stebbins, and I also grew up here.
I have been working at Tuqurngailnguq School for a year and a half. For the first year I was the gym coordinator in the evenings during open gym. I’m now starting my first full school year as a Kindergarten teaching aide.
Before I came to work at the school, I worked as a health-aide trainee for almost a year in 2013. I was a Post Office employee for 2 years beginning in April 2015. I’ve also been the Native Youth Olympics (NYO) coach for our Stebbins Grizzlies!
I attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage for a semester in 2011. I am planning to take online college classes in the spring of 2018 and work towards getting a degree in education.
When I’m not working, I like to spend time with my two children, Jasmine and Kenai, and with family and friends. I love to play basketball in my free time.
I’m looking forward to another awesome school year with fun and excitement!