• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 30s

Teacher of the Week: Kaity Williamson

By Megan Mazurek Photojournalist: Rick Rysso - 1:42 PM January 23, 2017

For Kaity Williamson, teaching is her dream job.

“Every day is different,” she explained. “The kids are awesome.”

Williamson is a biology teacher at Service High School and is helping her students explore careers in biomedical sciences. “Health care is definitely an up and coming need in this nation and our kids are hopefully going to fill a void,” Williamson said.

Williamson helped co-found the Biomedical Career Academy (BCA) at Service.

“I want to say almost all of our students stay in the science or healthcare filed after they leave,” Williamson said. “Every year they come back and tell us what they’re doing is so easy in college because they already learned it in high school,” she said.

The BCA program has about 160 students, all interested in pursuing medical sciences and health care after high school. The goal is to extend learning outside the classroom.

“It’s definitely worth it because I’m able to learn what I want and be with people who are more liked minded,” said Even Dook, a student in the BCA Program. “[Williamson] is very supportive and she’s really willing to actually break down information for us and review it with us when we hit walls.”

Students take four years of science classes and, with the help of Williamson, students compete in national competitions and learn about current medical practices.

“I love teaching,” Williams said. “The kids, they’re the rock stars in all this. This is very teacher facilitated but the kids are doing all the work, they’re doing the research; I’m around to answer questions and help guide them.”

Know a teacher making a difference in students’ lives? Nominate them for Teacher of the Week.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Hiland Mountain plant sale starts Tuesday

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 22, 20:21

    The plant sale at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center is an event that some people wait all year for. Not just the people who come to buy beautiful hanging baskets but the inmates who grow them, as well. The sale has been going on for at least 20 years, according to Superintendent Gloria Johnson. Most of […]

  • Politics

    Alaska House approves measure limiting opioid prescriptions

    by Liz Raines on May 22, 20:14

    On Monday, the Alaska House passed a bill to limit initial opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply. House Bill 159 is part of a push from Governor Bill Walker’s administration to address the state’s growing opioid epidemic, which Walker declared a disaster in February. While members of the House spent nearly four hours debating the […]

  • Politics

    Sullivan’s town hall highlights senators’ difference on Planned Parenthood funding

    by Heather Hintze on May 22, 20:07

    Senator Dan Sullivan’s (R-Alaska) town hall in Anchorage over the weekend highlighted how he and fellow republican Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) differ on funding for Planned Parenthood. He discussed a variety of topics from fighting opioid abuse to diversifying our economy, but it was the topic of healthcare that really got the crowd engaged. “My […]

  • Weather

    Record rainfall recorded across SE Alaska

    by Melissa Frey on May 22, 17:18

    Significant rain fell across most of Southcentral and Southeast Alaska this weekend as a storm system moved in from the Gulf of Alaska. For Southcentral, this was the wettest day seen in months. Anchorage picked up 0.25 inches of rain on Sunday alone. This was the most rain recorded in Anchorage since late-September of 2016. […]

  • News

    Search underway for 2 overdue boaters

    by KTVA Web Staff on May 22, 17:13

    Late Monday morning, a search began for two overdue boaters in Togiak. The Togiak Village Public Safety Officer contacted Alaska State Police around 11:15 Monday morning to report two overdue boaters. Troopers say Simeon Wassillie and Stephanie Poulsen, both 25, left the village on Saturday in an 18-foot, blue, open hull, 35hp boat and were […]

  • News

    APD seeks runaway teen, 15

    by KTVA Web Staff on May 22, 16:58

    Police are asking for your help in locating a missing teen they say ran away from home. Celonia Rainey, 15, was last seen in the 5200 block of Chena Avenue in east Anchorage Sunday afternoon around 1. Celoina is described as a light-skinned black female, standing 5-foot-7 and weighing about 165 pounds. She has short […]

  • News

    ASD to hand out 220 pink slips on Wednesday

    by Shannon Ballard on May 22, 16:35

    It’s the final countdown for Anchorage students, as there are just two days left until summer break. But, this year, it’s not just graduates who won’t be returning to their old classrooms this fall. More than 200 pink slips are all set to go out on Wednesday. This comes after five were already given to five […]

  • News

    North Korea fires medium-range missile in latest test

    by CBS News on May 22, 15:57

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Sunday fired a medium-range missile, U.S. and South Korean officials said, in the latest ballistics test for a country speeding up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles. One U.S. official said it appeared to be a successful test of the land-based version of North Korea’s sub-launched missile, […]