Mentor Biography

Donna Levesque


2023 to present

Family members recognized my penchant for exploration and sharing discoveries when I was a young child, and I have known since then that my calling has been to teach.  Just as the hours in a day flit by when doing what you love most, so have the years of my teaching.

My career began in rural Alaska, with the Lower Kuskokwim School District, where I taught high school with one other colleague for five years.  I made a foray into homeschooling for a few years before becoming certified in Waldorf education, and teaching in Anchorage for 14 years at the elementary level.  In 2010, I became the founding teacher of Birchtree Charter School in the Mat-Su Borough School District, teaching and mentoring there for six years.  During the next several years, I served as a mentor, pedagogical director, teacher trainer, and field supervisor for student teachers.  Coming full circle, I was called back to teach in rural Alaska, which is where my heart lies.  I taught middle school and high school for the Yukon Flats School District until becoming a mentor for the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project in 2023.

I recharge for teaching by spending time in Alaska’s wilderness, paddling, hiking, backpacking and skiing.  I enjoy creating things with my hands:  knitting, beading, building, painting, and crafting.  My greatest joy, and hope, is to inspire lifelong learners in any classroom environment.

“The teacher who walks…among his followers gives not of his wisdom, but of his faith and his lovingness.  If he is indeed wise, he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”  ~Kahlil Gibran