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Five Finalists Named For 2004 Alaska Teacher of the Year Honor


September 19, 2003
Friday - 12:50 am

Commissioner of Education & Early Development Roger Sampson has named five finalists for the 2004 Alaska Teacher of the Year honor. They are:

Thomas Brock, Sr. -- a kindergarten and first teacher at Mary Nicoli Elementary School in Aniak, Kuspuk School District, with 28 years of teaching experience.

Koko Mikel -- a fourth grade teacher in the Japanese Immersion Program at Sand Lake Elementary School, Anchorage School District, with nine years of teaching experience.

Paula Savikko -- a science and math teacher at Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School, Juneau School District, with 11 years of teaching experience.

Janene Schoenborn -- a Language Arts teacher at Wendler Middle School, Anchorage School District with 11 years of teaching experience.

Kathie Steele -- an English teacher at Chugiak High School in Eagle River, Anchorage School District, with 13 years of teaching experience.

A screening committee appointed by Commissioner Sampson recommended the finalists from a field of applicants submitted by school superintendents and school district selection committees.

The committees typically consist of parents, school administrators, teachers, students, and business and other community leaders. School district selection committees are not limited to the number of applications they can submit to the Alaska Teacher of the Year Program. Any person in the community may submit an application to the committee. The application of each Teacher of the Year nominee needs to be signed and approved by the applicant's school superintendent and principal.

Commissioner Sampson will invite a statewide team consisting of legislators and elected presidents of major parent and education associations to select one of the finalists as 2004 Alaska Teacher of the Year and one as Alternate Teacher of the Year. The selection committee will review each of the applications, view a video of each finalist in an actual classroom teaching situation and interview each. The selection committee will meet in late October. The winner will be named in November.

Alicia Lewis of Lathrop High School in Fairbanks is the current Alaska Teacher of the Year.

In November, Commissioner Sampson will forward the name of the Alaska Teacher of the Year to the National Teacher of the Year competition based in Washington, D.C.


Source of News Release:

Alaska Department of Education
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