Mentor Biography

Pat McDonald


Pat received her teaching credentials in Secondary Math and Secondary Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, in Elementary Education from the University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau) and in Educational Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She's taught in several Alaskan schools— on Kodiak Island in Old Harbor, outside of Bethel in Atmautluak and in four small schools on Prince of Wales island near Ketchikan as well as in Fairbanks middle and elementary schools. Pat has taught all subjects and grades, including preschool. Pat is interested in all aspects of learning, especially strategies for closing the achievement gap. She's had coursework for Gifted & Talented Education, Special Education and Counseling as well as the Math and Writing Consortia.


"The best thing about teaching is having a positive effect on the lives of young people. I am looking forward to meeting energetic new teachers interested in getting better at their teaching."