Alaskan Native Teacher's Story Comes to Life
Students Use Modern Technology to Tell Historic Story
ANCHORAGE- Teachers play an important role in any community, especially in rural Alaska Larissa Strunk is well aware the important role.
She recently worked on a project with fellow students that highlight stories of Alaskan Native teachers. They profiled Carrie Pleasant, one of the first Native teachers in Quinhagak. It's a town of about 600 people 70 miles south of Bethel, Alaska.
Learning Pleasant's story helped inspire Strunk to become a teacher. She said, "I want to see kids learn and help them help them with school."
Other students feel the same way. They were in Anchorage this week attending a conference for the Future Educators of Alaska (FEA).
Mace Guest says she wants to help preserve Alaska Native Culture. "We noticed that our culture was slowly fading away," she said. "I want to help bring it back."
As the digital story project continues into the future there's a chance, as these kids become teachers themselves. One day, their stories might be told.