September 19, 2003
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,
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