Allan received a Bachelor of Science in Adolescent Psychology from Dartmouth Collge in Hanover, NH. He then acquired a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Finally, he received an Administrative Certificate and Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Allan taught Science, Photography, Computers, and PE to grades 6-12 in Yakutat, Alaska; Science and Student Council in Glenallen, Alaska; English as a Foreign Language in Rostov-na-Donu, Soviet Union; he taught Russian and Science at Skyview High School in Soldotna, Alaska; and he was the Assistant Principal at both the Kenai Middle School and Skyview High School. Most recently, Allan taught all subjects to 5th and 6th graders at Sterling Elementary School. Areas of interest in teaching include science education, especially environmental education and space/NASA, thematic interdisciplinary units, international collaborations and integration of technology in all disciplines.
"The best part of teaching is being a team member committed to helping young people achieve successes that they never imagined they were even capable of — in the classroom, on the athletic field, and throughout their lives. The opportunity of seeing young people learn to strive for excellence and celebrating these efforts and achievements is the fuel that recharges my batteries and keeps my hope in education alive on those other days. As a Statewide Mentor I'm looking forward to partnering with beginning teachers to share ideas and provide support anyway I can — helping them be the best they can be for their students, schools and communities. It will be exciting to share in the energy of learning new ideas and being immersed in the wonderful cultural diversity of Alaska."