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  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Veronica Kaganak

    by Megan Mazurek on Dec 15, 11:28

    KTVA’s Teacher of the Week, Veronica Kaganak, is a first-grade teacher at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage. She knew from an early age she wanted to teach and studied under one of the best — her grandmother Maryann Sundown. Kaganak learned how to read Yupik from Sundown, who was also known affectionately […]

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    Get Out: Christmas trees on the Kenai Peninsula

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 11, 22:25

    It’s that time of year when many head out to look for the perfect Christmas tree. I recently headed south to the Chugach National Forest on the Kenai Peninsula in search of the perfect tree. I met up with Nick Racine with the U.S. Forest Service. “We invite folks if they’re interested to come on […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Christa Hayes

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 08, 11:03

    KTVA’s Teacher of the Week for Dec. 8 hails from Wasilla and says staying active has always been a big part of her life. Christa Hayes, physical education instructor at Machetanz Elementary, says her goal is to get the kids up and moving, starting in the morning. Hayes starts every day with a smile, ushering […]

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    Get Out: Alaska Horse Adventures

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 05, 8:30

    In a state where streets are ruled by SUVs and trucks it’s nice to go off-road, where horses roam the trails and hillsides. That’s where I met Joshua Hale with Alaska Horse Adventures, who gives you the impression riding comes as second nature for him. “I’ve grown up with horses. I think I rode a […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Peter Kamilos

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 01, 11:59

    If you’re excited about something, there’s a good chance the people around you will get excited too. It’s the secret to one history teacher’s success in the Mat-Su Valley. Daybreak’s James Gaddis learned firsthand how Peter Kamilos’ passion and curiosity to know about our past is having a big impact on our kids’ future at […]

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    Get Out: Hike it Baby

    by Brett Shepard on Nov 28, 10:26

    A few weeks ago we had a few ladies from Hike it Baby Anchorage on the Daybreak couch. Hiking and babies sounded like non-stop fun to me, so in this week’s Get Out I met up with a few of the members from the group for a hike on the Hillside at Prospect Heights trailhead. […]

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    Teacher of the Week: John Bruce

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 24, 10:37

    You wouldn’t consider these seventh-grade algebra students football fanatics. But you can bet they know who the defending Super Bowl champions are. In a way, Seattle Seahawks fan John Bruce is like coach in the classroom, teaching his students ways to use math in the real world. “Kids always ask you, ‘why are we doing […]

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    Get Out: Evolve Yoga

    by Brett Shepard on Nov 20, 22:33

    Are you looking for a new way to stay in tip-top shape for all your outdoor adventures? If so, then this week’s Get Out is just for you. I recently went on a physical, mental and spiritual journey and found yoga. “We spend a lot more time sitting than we ever have in our entire […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Edward Bowden

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 17, 10:43

    Linking verbs. Direct objects. Sixth-grade English isn’t easy. But Edward Bowden has a knack for keeping the kids interested. He keeps it fun, and often times, funny. Ability aside, there’s one overwhelming force that truly drives the Anchorage Christian Schools teacher. “They know that I love them,” said Bowden, who has been teaching for 20-plus […]

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    Get Out: Alaska Aviation Museum

    by Brett Shepard on Nov 13, 19:41

    One way Alaskans like to get out is by airplane: There are more pilots per capita in Alaska than anywhere else in the U.S. Flying is not only a way of life, but an ingrained part of Alaska’s history. “It’s a proven biological fact that any time spent in or around airplanes is not subtracted from […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Stephen Stansbury

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 10, 12:00

    Anchorage schools are some of the most diverse in the nation, with more than 90 languages spoken by students in the district. Bartlett High School is a good example of that diversity. In Stephen Stansbury’s second-period geometry class, students speak both English and Hmong daily. There are multiple languages and multiple lessons for students in […]

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    Get Out: Alaska Zoo

    by Brett Shepard on Nov 06, 21:06

      We are waiting for our first big snow and until it arrives, you can still find a lot to do outside if you look hard enough. This week’s Get Out is one for the kids or those of us who are young at heart. I visited the Alaska Zoo recently and found out there […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Shane Mattingly

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 03, 11:19

    Getting through to more than two dozen students can be a tricky task. One local teacher has found a way through focus and fun. Shane Mattingly is a sixth-grade teacher at Lake Otis Elementary School and KTVA’s Teacher of the Week. There’s no escaping Shane Mattingly. Whether it’s a high five or fist bump, he […]

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    Get Out: Alaska K9 Aquatics

    by Brett Shepard on Oct 31, 7:59

    This week’s Get Out is one for the dogs. I visited a place called Alaska K9 Aquatics and brought my basset hound, Einstein, with me. My Daybreak friends James Gaddis and Megan Mazurek also joined us with their pooches, Obi and Isla. Alaska K9 Aquatics is the only swimming pool for dogs in Anchorage. It’s […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Lisa Schalig-Winter

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 27, 10:49

    A handshake and a smile — it’s how Lisa Schalig-Winter greets her students every morning. Tucked away in East Anchorage, Chester Valley Elementary School is hidden in the same neighborhood Schalig-Winter and her family work and live. That’s part of what makes her so special. She’s connected to her school and community and works to […]

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    Get Out: Putters Wild

    by Brett Shepard on Oct 24, 9:23

    Last week I went disc golfing out at Kincaid Park. This week I’m back to a more traditional style of golf and I’ve brought a friend along. Janessa Webb joined me for this Get Out and we challenged each other to a friendly game of golf. “Here we have 18 holes of blacklight mini golf. There’s […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Mitch Tarter

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 20, 11:17

    While there’s no need to call the nurse, it’s safe to say the math bug is spreading in Mitch Tarter’s seventh-grade classroom at Mirror Lake Middle School. “He loves the subject so much and he has such a passion for it; it rubs off on you,” said seventh-grader Rivers Ducharne. The former Alaska Pacific University […]

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    Get Out: Disc golf

    by Brett Shepard on Oct 17, 7:51

    Do you like golf? Do you like throwing a frisbee? If you answered yes to either or both of these then you will enjoy this sport. “They say it’s the fastest growing sport you’ve never heard of, which I think is pretty accurate,” said Louie Orozco, treasurer of the Alaska Disc Golf Association. The sport […]

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    Teacher of the Week: Alix McKee

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 13, 11:00

    KTVA’s Teacher of the Week is a new weekly segment that will be featured on KTVA every Monday. KTVA’s James Gaddis and Megan Mazurek will recognize a local teacher in the community who goes above and beyond for their students. The Teacher of the Week is based on nominations from viewers. After careful deliberation every […]

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    Get Out: Tuesday Night Race Series

    by Brett Shepard on Oct 10, 10:45

    Tuesdays are a popular night for runners in Anchorage. Every Tuesday throughout the year there are the Tuesday pub runs in downtown Anchorage. Then, during the fall months, the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department gets in on the running excitement with their Tuesday Night Race Series. “This is our 47th year of Tuesday Night Runs and […]