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  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Julia Withers

    by Megan Mazurek on May 02, 12:54

    Julia Withers is all about the numbers. “Math was probably always one of my stronger subjects,” Withers said. She teaches math and physical education at Highland Tech Charter School in Anchorage. The school has small class sizes, something that makes Withers feel right at home. “I like that it’s small. I really like that the […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Why the fiscal gap should be fixed now

    by John Tracy on Apr 28, 16:56

    Back in October, when I first began these commentaries, I said that lawmakers would be unlikely to levy an income tax, or use earnings from the Permanent Fund to help balance the budget. It didn’t take much of a crystal ball to make that prediction going into an election year, even though it was possible […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Rachael Scott

    by James Gaddis on Apr 25, 11:50

    ANCHORAGE – A kindergarten teacher at Ocean View Elementary School says her goal is to develop little minds into “awesome citizens of society.” “My passion is to see those minds grow and develop and watch those little light bulbs go on,” said KTVA 11 Teacher of the Week Rachael Scott. Scott has been teaching elementary […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: How an Alaska lawmaker killed a popular health initiative

    by John Tracy on Apr 21, 17:38

    Figuring out what goes on in Juneau is like trying to determine the size of an iceberg based on what you see above the surface. Consider the life and death of Senate Bill 1, the so-called statewide smoke-free workplace ban. It would prohibit smoking in public buildings, workplaces and businesses, including bars much like the […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Rodney Wild

    by Megan Mazurek on Apr 19, 8:43

    Rodney Wild isn’t one to shy away from competition. “When you get knocked down, you get back up. Not literally but figuratively.” Wild explained from his classroom. “When things don’t go well, you have options you have choices. You can quit or you can get back up, get back in the game and compete.” Wild […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The Campbell Lake neighborhood dog slaying

    by John Tracy on Apr 14, 18:28

    Nothing seems to generate more passion in people than pets — with the possible exception of guns. This week, the story of the shooting of a dog in a Campbell Lake neighborhood has generated a robust public debate. The facts are not in dispute. Jason Mellerstig was in the process of moving his family into a […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Ann Cherrier

    by James Gaddis on Apr 11, 11:43

    Wendler Middle School math teacher Ann Cherrier admits she wasn’t always a fan of math. “I needed to see the pictures of mathematics,” said Cherrier. ”I couldn’t just be told that, this is the rule you need to follow, do a couple of problems and understand it.” KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week won’t let history […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and the future of online news

    by John Tracy on Apr 07, 12:23

    When does a celebrity stop being a celebrity? That question was answered for a New York-based website recently — An answer that came with a $140 million price tag. You’re probably familiar with the story: Former pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan sued the website Gawker for posting a video clip of Hogan having sex with the wife of […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Angi Alexander

    by Megan Mazurek on Apr 04, 12:41

    ANCHORAGE — This is Angi Alexander’s first full year of teaching, and she’s already being recognized for her ability to bring out the best in her second-grade students. She’s been teaching them on how to implement small acts of kindness with people in their community in a program they call, World Changers. “This week, they […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Inconsistency in the guns on campus debate

    by John Tracy on Mar 31, 19:14

    There are two kinds of people in America: those who believe that more guns make us safer, and those who believe the exact opposite. You won’t find a lot of people on the fence. Alaska is one of the gun-friendliest states in the country. So gun-friendly that lawmakers are now considering Senate Bill 174, a […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Scott Shumway

    by James Gaddis on Mar 28, 14:44

    Anchorage — Real-world experience can lead to a successful teaching career in the classroom. KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week is proof of that. Central Middle School of Science teacher Scott Shumway is a former microbiologist on the slope and a fisheries biologist for Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game. He is also an avid […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Alaska’s green revolution

    by John Tracy on Mar 24, 19:37

    If anyone doubted Alaskans’ entrepreneurial spirit, that myth is being dispelled by the number of Alaskans rushing to get into the commercial marijuana business. The State’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office recently released the applications for growing operations, testing facilities and retail stores. In the first few weeks, there have been some 200 applications for […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Joey Kottre

    by Megan Mazurek on Mar 21, 13:35

    ANCHORAGE — Joey Kottre is Alaska born and raised. The teacher incorporates Alaska Native culture into each of his lessons. “If they have a math lesson, the math lesson might be talking about guinea pigs,” Kottre said. “I’ll change it to caribou, something more they can relate to; somehow they connect more to it.” Kottre […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Lessons from this year’s Iditarod Trail

    by John Tracy on Mar 17, 22:08

    The word dynasty is thrown around pretty loosely in the world of sports. You can’t really recognize a dynasty until you’re well into it. Well, if Dallas and Mitch Seavey have not created an Iditarod dynasty, then the word itself has no meaning. Dallas has now won four of the last five Iditarods — along with […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Malene Johnson

    by James Gaddis on Mar 14, 10:06

    A support system for kids who need a little extra help, study skills teachers play an important role at East High School. “A person looking out for them,” said KTVA’s Teacher of the Week Malene Johnson. “More of like a cheerleader and a mentor. And, you know, if I have to, not be hard on […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Senate’s sex-ed legislation about politics, not education

    by John Tracy on Mar 10, 15:06

    Recently, the state Senate passed a bill that would require students to opt in to sex education classes, instead of opting out like they can now. The bill also prohibits any organization that performs abortions from teaching a sex-ed class in Alaska schools. Another bill under consideration would enforce the new law by terminating a teacher […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Anne Barnett

    by Megan Mazurek on Mar 07, 11:18

    Anne Barnett is all about dressing the part. On a recent weekday morning in her classroom, she sported a basketball jersey while reading poetry aloud to a room full of sixth-graders. “I dress up throughout the year,” said Barnett, who teaches at Begich Middle School. “So if we’re reading, like, detectives, then I have the mustache […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Crowdfunding an Iditarod icon

    by John Tracy on Mar 03, 17:46

    Iditarod 44 is almost upon us. It’s Alaska’s Super Bowl, and the prognosticating is in full swing. Will the Seavey dynasty continue? Will Dallas win the race for the fourth time in 5 years, or will it be his dad, Mitch, who took the race in 2013, and was runner-up last year. Will Aliy Zirkle break […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Amanda Huambachano

    by Daybreak Staff on Feb 29, 17:16

    One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to teaching. “You come in with a plan but you have to be flexible and be ready to change based on the kids,” said Amanda Huambachano, who is KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week and has taught kindergarten at Wonder Park Elementary School for four years.  During that […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: How Sarah Palin became Alaska’s ‘smartest politician’

    by John Tracy on Feb 25, 19:26

    Sarah Palin is the smartest politician in Alaska has ever produced. Surprised to hear me say that? Well, lets look at the evidence. First of all, she served just over half a term as Governor. Six years, seven books, a Fox News gig, and a new reality show later, Sarah Palin still makes headlines any […]