Judy Youngquist went to Mills College in Oakland, California for two years, then finished a BA in English and an MEd at the University of Washington. Her first teaching job was in Whittier, on Prince William Sound, where she spent seven years teaching multiage primary and high school English. She was also principal teacher there for a year and a half. She taught in the Mat-Su district for 23 years, retiring four years ago after 30 years of teaching. For the next three years, she was employed by UAA as clinical faculty, supervising student teachers in a year- long internship program. This will be her second year with the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project.
"There is no job more important than teaching. It's complex and challenging, especially in Alaska with our variety of cultures and remote sites. As a mentor, I appreciate the early career teachers who bring their energy and dedication to schools all over Alaska. It's exciting to have an opportunity to learn along with them and offer them individualized support in their unique situations."