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Megan Mazurek

Stories by Megan Mazurek

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Heather King

    by Megan Mazurek on Feb 08, 11:13

    Anchorage — Heather King describes herself as a three-dimensional thinker, who strives to make every lesson as hands-on and interactive as possible. “It’s the best job in the world,” King said. ” I don’t know why anyone would do anything else. Every day you make a difference and positive one for the future, which I […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Russell Hood

    by Megan Mazurek on Jan 11, 11:07

    Russell Hood has been teaching physics for 17 years and says he’s still learning something new every year and hopes his students see that too. “I want them to see that I love to learn,” said Hood, a physics teacher at East Anchorage High School. “I’m still learning, and they should do the same with their […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Kristen Ryder

    by Megan Mazurek on Dec 14, 7:59

    Kristen Ryder wears many hats; she’s a first-grade teacher, parent and expecting mom. “They love to learn, they work really, really hard,” said Kristen Ryder of her students at Williwaw Elementary School. “They say the funniest things. I could probably write a book with some of the stuff that they say every day.” Ryder is […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Sam Struempler

    by Megan Mazurek on Nov 30, 10:56

    Sam Struempler says if you think you have middle-schoolers figured out, think again. “It’s right at that [age] where they start making decisions,” said Struempler, a music and drama teacher at Goldenview Middle School. “To be there at that moment is pretty cool.” Struempler has been helping his students find their voices for the past […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Mark Van Arsdale

    by Megan Mazurek on Nov 16, 10:35

    The best teachers are the best learners — it’s a motto our Teacher of the Week lives by to help his students better understand science in the world around them. “I want them to leave with a love of science,” said Mark Van Arsdale, science teacher at Eagle River High School. “Some of them, I […]

  • Lifestyle

    Wireless World Pt. 3: Solutions to cope with cellphone addiction

    by Megan Mazurek on Nov 06, 11:32

    Social media overload: It’s beginning to rear its ugly head and many digital natives are taking a stand, deactivating their online accounts. “Everything I did was for views and likes,” said Essena O’Neill, a famous Instagram teen who made headlines this week for denouncing social media and telling her millions of followers the truth about […]

  • Lifestyle

    Wireless World Pt. 2: Cellphone addiction

    by Megan Mazurek on Nov 05, 8:59

    In the digital age, people rely on their phones for almost everything. That constant use can have people feeling anxious when their phone isn’t nearby. In fact, the term nomophobia is used to describe the fear of not having your cellphone. “Right now, with social media and texting and group texting, if there is something going […]

  • Lifestyle

    Wireless World Pt. 1: Smartphone benefits

    by Megan Mazurek on Nov 04, 8:54

    It’s hard to imagine going a day without using your smartphone. The technology is now in the hands of 91 percent of Americans and it’s how most people communicate and connect with the online world. “I think the positive use of cellphones is that we can stay really connected, which is tremendously beneficial for our […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Erin Munro

    by Megan Mazurek on Oct 12, 11:50

    She’s an English teacher whose actions speak louder than words. “I do really hope they know someone appreciated seeing them every day,” said Erin Munro, who teaches at East Anchorage High School. Olivia Webster, a student at East, says Munro always has a smile on her face. “If you’re having a bad day, she never […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Kelly Hughes

    by Megan Mazurek on Sep 29, 9:12

    Kelly Hughes brings a bit of German culture to her students each and every day. “German is hard. It’s a hard language to learn,” said Hughes, a German teacher at Bartlett High School. “I try to balance everything: Grammar, listening, reading, writing.” Hughes says with the help of the Internet, the world is getting smaller. […]

  • National

    Alaskan athletes bringing home 9 medals from Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Aug 02, 18:27

    Alaska’s four Special Olympics World Games athletes are bringing home nine medals, collectively. Christine Quick earned the last of the nine in Saturday’s 4 x 50 relay. She and her team finished in first place. The World Games’ closing ceremonies will be held Sunday. The past week has been a time of reflection for the […]

  • Sports

    Palmer golfer takes bronze at Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Aug 01, 12:05

    A golfer from Palmer is a bronze medal winner at the Special Olympics World Games. Garrett Stortz, 24, played in four 18-rounds of golf at Griffith Park. Stortz is a level 5 golfer and improved his personal best every day of play throughout the competition. It was something his coach, Scott Johnson, always knew was […]

  • National

    Alaskans help Special Olympics athletes hear at World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 31, 13:05

    An Alaskan doctor and her daughter are helping some Special Olympics athletes hear for the first time. Joyce Sexton, an audiologist from Anchorage, and her daughter Irene are volunteering at the World Games in the Healthy Athletes program. In the past week, volunteers have given free medical exams to more than 4,000 athletes from around […]

  • National

    Anchorage dentist provides free exams at Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 31, 11:08

    An Anchorage dentist has peered into more than 300 mouths a day for the past week at the Special Olympics World Games. “I saw some patients yesterday where I almost wanted to start to cry because they were still smiling,” said Dr. Lara Mabry, a volunteer dentist for Healthy Athletes. “When I saw the condition […]

  • National

    Alaskan Special Olympics athlete earns her first gold medal

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 30, 17:27

    A Special Olympics athlete from Alaska won her first gold medal at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles. Christine Quick led the 50 backstroke heat for most of the race and finished in 54 seconds. “It was fun,” Quick said. “I’m happy I won.” Special Olympics Athlete President Jim Balamacci cheered her on and […]

  • National

    Alaska athlete takes on 18-hole course at Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 28, 21:43

    A Palmer golfer played his personal best in a round of golf Tuesday at the Special Olympics World Games. Garrett Stortz, 24, played 8 over par on the Harding Course at Griffith Park. After the first two [holes] I started hitting it and settling down,” Stortz said. “I was making some puts and hitting the […]

  • National

    Alaskan athlete takes home bronze medal at Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 27, 20:30

    On day 2 of the Special Olympics World Games, another Alaskan athlete took home a bronze medal. Brittany Tregarthen, 27, a power lifter from Kodiak, took third place overall in her weight class division. She participated in the squat, bench press and deadlift. Her family traveled from all over the country to see Tregarthen compete. […]

  • Local

    Juneau swimmer awarded bronze medal at Special Olympics World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 27, 8:03

    A swimmer from Juneau is awarded his first medal of the Special Olympics World Games. CJ Umbs finished his 100 backstroke final in 2 minutes and 40 seconds. It’s the first medal won by the four Alaskan athletes competing in the games over the next week in Los Angeles. “We’re proud of him, he did […]

  • Local

    ‘Quick’ swim by Alaskan athlete solidifies position in finals of World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 27, 7:24

    Christine Quick solidified herself in the finals for the 100-meter freestyle swim at the Special Olympic World Games, finishing in 1 minute, 48 seconds — a solid time for the finals. “Christine did really well; she has been working hard,” said Barbara Haven, Team USA coach. “Her time today was faster than her entry time, […]

  • US/World

    Family, supporters cheer on Juneau swimmer CJ Umbs at World Games

    by Megan Mazurek on Jul 25, 23:33

    Four Alaskan athletes are representing Team USA at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Before the opening ceremonies Saturday evening, CJ Umbs, a swimmer from Juneau, entered into the competition in a preliminary round for the 100 meter backstroke. “He’s having a lot of fun,” said Michelle Umbs, CJ’s mom. CJ’s family and […]