An Anchorage educator has been named BP Alaska's 2019 Teacher of the Year.

Kelly Corrigan, a mathematics teacher for grades 9-12 at Service High School, was surprised with the award Wednesday. The presentation took place at an Anchorage Museum reception for the 2019 BP Teachers of Excellence.

According to a statement from BP Alaska, Corrigan has been an educator for 23 years. She helps students academically with early-morning tutorials and study groups at coffee shops, and also started a bully prevention program at Service.

Corrigan told BP Alaska she uses some non-traditional approaches to learning, developing a community among her students to the point where they will help answer each others' questions when she is busy. She says respect for students is key to her teaching style.

BP Teacher of the Year, Kelly Corrigan of Service High School (Photo: Courtesy, BP)

The Teacher of the Year award includes a $2,500 gift, an award art piece and a trip to Prudhoe Bay to learn about BP Alaska’s oilfield operations.

BP Teacher of the Year, Kelly Corrigan and BP Teachers of Excellence (Photo: Courtesy, BP)

According to BP Alaska, it has recognized hundreds of educators since 1995 with the Teachers of Excellence program. BP has also started recognizing those outside the teaching field with its Educational Allies Award.

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