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Jaimie Kassman

Position: Program Coordinator School: Tundra Swan Academy School District: Lower Kuskokwim School District City, State: Bethel, Alaska About the Nominee: Jaimie Kassman was nominated by a colleague, Jerry White. Mr. Kassman has been working with at risk boys at McCann Treatment Center and Tundra Swan Academy for roughly fifteen years. McCann Treatment Center (MTC) is […]

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Sarah Trieff

Position: High School Generalist and Special Education Teacher School: Tundra Swan Academy School District: Lower Kuskokwim School District City, State: Bethel, Alaska About the Nominee: Sarah Trieff was nominated by a colleague, Jerry White. Mrs. Trieff has taught for more than two decades, mostly in facilities with at-risk youth. She has been with Tundra Swan […]

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Rafe Johnson

Position: PE and Math Teacher, Archery and Wrestling Coach School: Gladys Jung Elementary School School District: Lower Kuskokwim School District City, State: Bethel, Alaska About the Nominee: Rafe Johnson was nominated by a colleague, Jerry White. In 2010, Mr. Johnson wrote several grant requests and was awarded money to start an archery program at Gladys […]

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Eric Pederson

Position: Principal School: Paul Banks Elementary School School District: Kenai Peninsula Borough School District City, State: Homer, Alaska About the Nominee: Eric Pederson is always involved with the students, teachers and staff. From directing traffic and escorting students into the school in the dark, cold mornings to playing ball at recess with the students and […]

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Karen Avila-Lederhos

Position: Highly Gifted Elementary TeacherSchool: Rogers Park ElementarySchool District: Anchorage School DistrictCity, State: Anchorage, AlaskaAbout the Nominee: Mrs. Avila-Lederhos is an amazing teacher who works with highly gifted elementary students in the Anchorage School District. She allows her students to take control of their learning and encourages them to pursue the topics they have in […]