We aim to foster excellence within the state of Alaska by supporting middle school through collegiate level students on their path to become Alaskan educators. Our purpose is to inspire students from across the state, creating a scaffold on which rural and urban students can be encouraged, nurturing their enthusiasm to become future educators, administrators, counselors, aides, and supporting staff.
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Meet Donnie Arnone, Past Educators Rising Alaska Participant and Graduate, & Future Mat-Su Teacher!
"As I was growing up I didn’t really know what I wanted to do in life. When signing up for high school classes I saw a class about teaching, and I thought it might be interesting so I signed up! Little did I know, this class also had an after-school club that was geared toward competing in various events with EdRising Alaska. At the EdRising State Conference, I competed in Public Speaking each time, and placed second both years. And the two times I competed at nationals I placed in the top 3! This was a huge boost to my confidence and to my future career path. While taking this class and participating in the after-school chapter I fell in love with teaching. It was something that I never thought of doing until taking that class and competing in teaching related events."
"After graduation I got accepted into the Mat-Su Borough School District Teacher Scholarship Student Loan Pilot Program, and am currently taking courses online at Chadron State College, which is out of Nebraska, working towards my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education K-8. This program will help me pay back my student loans in full after working 5 years as a teacher within the Mat-Su Borough School District. And, even better, they gave me a part-time job at a local school. Now I am working as a parapro at an elementary school alongside teachers and other educators. This gives me a leg-up on learning about teaching students in the classroom! I truly am grateful for the experiences that EdRising Alaska has presented me with, and I don’t know what I would be doing now if I had not joined the classes and competed in the EdRising competitions."
Marjorie Baker, EdRising participant 2015-17 (and in the previous FEA program for 2013-14), placed in EdRising Nationals in 2017. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2021, and was immediately hired in her hometown of Kotzebue as a 1st grade teacher at June Nelson Atautchikun Iñuuniałikun Elementary School. This is her second year of teaching. Photo: June Nelson Elementary School.
"I was born and raised in Kotzebue, AK. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was growing up. Educator’s Rising helped me to make that dream a reality. While I was in high school, I was able to volunteer in elementary school classrooms and learn from many amazing teachers."
"I attended Oregon State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences and a bachelor's degree in Education. Now I am back in Kotzebue for my second year of teaching first grade. I love being able to teach in the school I attended as a child! I am excited to now be working with Educator’s Rising as a teacher leader with high school students volunteering and observing in my classroom."