Secondary Ed 7-12

Certified Teachers

English Language Arts

Jaimie Gleissner Leusch

My name is Jaimie Gleissner Leusch and I grew up in Rochelle, Illinois (a small farm town in the northern part of the state).

After graduating from Illinois State University in 2010, I decided to take a summer job at Yes Bay Lodge, just outside of Ketchikan, Alaska. This experience made me fall in love with the state and living remotely. Upon earning my second degree in Publishing Studies, I knew I wanted to be back in Alaska as soon as possible.

Little did I know, the desire to be in Alaska would lead me to the wonderful village of Stebbins. This will be my 5th year in the community. Last school year my husband (Eric Leusch) and I welcomed our first child into the world, a son named Townes!

In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, crocheting, watching and playing sports, and being outside. Hiking, fishing, snowshoeing, and camping are some of my favorite activities.

Industrial Arts

Andrew Larsen

My name is Andrew Larsen. I live in Yakutat Alaska. I have been teaching in Alaska for 13 years. I graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelor in Science degree in Education.

I hold minors also in Art and Biology, and I have also worked many years in small engine and automotive industry.

I am excited to start my fourth year in Stebbins teaching woods, welding, and fabrication lab. I have had a very positive experience in Stebbins with the students, parents and staff. I also have enjoyed the hunting and outdoors and being able to be a part of the rich culture in Stebbins.


Chris Weeks

I’m so lucky to have many wonderful experiences, including teaching in Stebbins three years. I’m excited about getting to know the remarkable people in Stebbins even more in this 4th year here!

I’m from New Jersey where my sisters and I enjoyed mountains, woods, NY City and the real Jersey shore. My parents taught us to ski, camp, draw and shoot archery. In Illinois I studied and worked in engineering until accepting the rewarding challenge of raising my 3 children in Texas where I skied on water and learned to sail. I also learned, and loved, to teach. I owned a coffee house where students came to chat, listen to music and play games. I love games and brainteasers!

I earned my MS in education in Pennsylvania. Go Drexel Dragons! My sweetheart, Jason, and I lived in Perkiomenville – a Lenni-Lenape name (Jason is part Lenape) meaning cranberries. We’d kayak and fish in the backyard creek and bike and run on the trail alongside it. I worked with a conservancy, teaching children to explore the life it holds. Jason & I now spend summer in Missouri where my grandkids live. This year we brought one of them back with us. I’m sure Olivier will have a fantastic time in this amazing community!


Lon Gillas

Lon is going on his 8th year as science teacher here at Stebbins. He is teaching Biology, Environmental Science, Physical Education, Cooking, and Health this year. Mr. Gillas has 3 sons, a daughter, and 11+ grandkids.

Social Science

Matthew Dawkins

I grew up in Portland, Oregon but spent many summers visiting my family in Ketchikan, Alaska. These visits are what eventually inspired me to look for a job teaching in this great state.

I went to college in Oklahoma where I met Mrs. Micala. I earned my undergraduate degree in History and Pre-Law at Oklahoma Christian University and my Masters in Teaching at Harding University.

This will be my fifth year teaching at Stebbins.

7th Grade - All Subjects

Angelica Timbush

Hello, everyone! My name is Angelica Timbush, and I am overjoyed by the opportunity to teach at Tukurngailnguq school in beautiful Stebbins, Alaska! By nature, I am a curious, adventurous person with a deep love of learning new things, so I am very excited by the prospect of this grand adventure. I’m a Midwestern gal, having grown up in both Rockford, Illinois and La Crosse, Wisconsin. I earned my undergrad degree in K-12 Visual Arts Education at Saint Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. I currently live in St. Paul, MN where I have worked as a substitute teacher for the St. Paul Public School District, and currently work as a long-term substitute art teacher at Boeckman Middle School in Farmington, MN until the end of the year. These experiences have been invaluable in my professional growth as an educator, and I will carry these (slightly modified) “lessons” into my classroom next year!

My interests include art-making (painting, sculpture, and illustration are my favorite), hiking, fishing, reading, as well as card, board and video games. I’m always up for trying new things, meeting new people, and going new places!

Secondary Para Educators

Camillus Pete

I grew up in Stebbins, AK. I have worked at Stebbins School going on ten years.

Before I got a permanent position at the school, I worked as a substitute aide. I also worked as a seafood processor.

What I like most about working here is the environment.

When I’m not working at the school I like camping, hunting, and boating.

This year I’m looking forward to having fun.

Hi!!! :)

Jessica Tom

I am from Stebbins. I’m on my third year working at Tukurngailnguq School, where I was also once a student.

Before coming to work for the school I was unemployed due to lack of jobs here in the village; although I was a stay-at-home mom.

I like working here because the kids are fun. When I’m not here, I enjoy family time.

This year I am looking forward to a lot of learning in all school subjects.