25 years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Allison Curry

25 years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Allison Curry

Fairbanks' Allison Curry teaches her students to dream big and conveys the importance of confidence.

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Patty Clem

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Patty Clem

Patty Clem believes establishing personal connections fosters growth in academic areas.

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Toni Hawkins

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Toni Hawkins

It may be 40 degrees below zero outside, but the disposition is sunny in Toni Hawkins' classroom at West Valley High School in Fairbanks.

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Kelly Corrigan

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Kelly Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan’s class at Robert Service High School has some serious problems — high-level college calculus.

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Karen Gordon

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Karen Gordon

Kindergarten teacher Karen Gordon ensures that her young students get on the right track, right away.

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Lee Butterfield

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Lee Butterfield

Lee Butterfield teaches film at South Anchorage High School. Every Tuesday and Thursday, he helps students produce their own newscast called 'The Den.'

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Joe Rizzo

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Joe Rizzo

Joe Rizzo started teaching in Wrangell, Alaska in 1994. He says he's always been passionate about education and fostering growth in young people.

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Meredith McCullough

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Meredith McCullough

Students know they can always depend on Meredith McCullough, as she continues to help young Alaskans strive to achieve their limitless potential.

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Sheilah-Margaret Pothast

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Sheilah-Margaret Pothast

Sheilah-Margaret Pothast is currently in her 12th year teaching at Skyview Middle School. She teaches health, Spanish and American History.

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Ashley Savage

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Ashley Savage

Ashley Savage came to Alaska to teach just a few years ago, but she has already made an impact.

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Matthew Prnka

25 Years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Matthew Prnka

Matthew Prnka says he's always available if a student needs to work through a problem. He also makes YouTube videos to help students learn beyond the classroom.

25 years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Heather Roach

25 years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Heather Roach

Heather Roach teaches science at East Anchorage High School. Her classroom is lovingly referred to as “The Roach Motel.”

25 years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Kris Hinrichsen

25 years of BP Teachers of Excellence: Kris Hinrichsen

Known as "Mr. Kris" to his first- and second-grade students at Chinook Elementary School, Hinrichsen is now in his 10th year of teaching in Anchorage.

Head of the Class: Government Hill's Liranzo offers worldly perspective

Head of the Class: Government Hill's Liranzo offers worldly perspective

Ernestina Liranzo, a 5th grade teacher at Government Hill Elementary, is KTVA's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Valley Pathways' Amber Hays makes kids feel at home

Head of the Class: Valley Pathways' Amber Hays makes kids feel at home

Making every child in her classroom feel at home, Amber Hays of Valley Pathways School in Palmer is KTVA's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Hilmes starts students on the right path

Head of the Class: Hilmes starts students on the right path

Fairview Elementary's Heidi Hilmes is KTVA's Head of the Class!

Head of the Class: Begich's Rebecca Zerby encourages students through science

Head of the Class: Begich's Rebecca Zerby encourages students through science

Rebecca Zerby, a seventh grade science teacher at Begich Middle School, is KTVA's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Tudor Elementary's Derrick DeBusk fosters student growth

Head of the Class: Tudor Elementary's Derrick DeBusk fosters student growth

Tudor Elementary School's Derrick DeBusk is KTVA's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Polaris' Mike McGee sets students up for bright future

Head of the Class: Polaris' Mike McGee sets students up for bright future

Mike McGee, second and third grade teacher at Polaris K-12 School, is KTVA's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Mallory McKay

Head of the Class: Mallory McKay

Muldoon Elementary School kindergarten teacher Mallory McKay is KTVA's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Vern Randall

Head of the Class: Vern Randall

Vern Randall, a senior Army instructor at Bartlett High School, is KTVA's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Angela Reid

Head of the Class: Angela Reid

Angela Reid, a math teacher at Mirror Lake Elementary School, is KTVA's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Gerald Ramos

Head of the Class: Gerald Ramos

For this week's Head of the Class, we head to College Gate Elementary School in East Anchorage, where Gerald Ramos is making sure his third graders are ready for the transition to fourth grade.

Head of the Class: Jessie Salway

Head of the Class: Jessie Salway

SAVE High School math teacher Jessie Salway is KTVA's Head of the Class!

Head of the Class: Marco Christian

Head of the Class: Marco Christian

Marco Christian, a 6th grade teacher at Spring Hill Elementary School, is KTVA's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Larry Wilson

Head of the Class: Larry Wilson

East High language arts teacher Larry Wilson is KTVA's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Lorianne Mordini

Head of the Class: Lorianne Mordini

This week KTVA's Head of the Class is Lorianne Mordini, a second grade teacher at Wonder Park Elementary!

Head of the Class: Jade Leon

Head of the Class: Jade Leon

Jade Leon, a Spanish teacher at Clark Middle School, is KTVA 11's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Robert Stagg

Head of the Class: Robert Stagg

Fourth-grade Aquarian Charter School teacher Robert Stagg is KTVA 11's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Abby O'Neill

Head of the Class: Abby O'Neill

Abby O'Neill at Fire Lake Elementary School is KTVA 11's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Megan Webb

Head of the Class: Megan Webb

Wendler Middle School band director Megan Webb is KTVA 11's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Jasmine Lewis

Head of the Class: Jasmine Lewis

Jasmine Lewis of North Star Elementary School is KTVA's Head of the Class!

Head of the Class: Johanna Bushue

Head of the Class: Johanna Bushue

Eagle River Elementary teacher Johanna Bushue is KTVA 11's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Andrew Deckert

Head of the Class: Andrew Deckert

Creekside Elementary School physical education teacher Andrew Deckert is this week's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Lem Wheeles

Head of the Class: Lem Wheeles

Dimond High history and government teacher Lem Wheeles is KTVA's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Rebecca Haag

Head of the Class: Rebecca Haag

West High School band director Rebecca Haag is KTVA's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Heidi Tsukada

Head of the Class: Heidi Tsukada

Ocean View Elementary School fourth grade teacher Heidi Tsukada is KTVA's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Anaely Leon-Hernandez

Head of the Class: Anaely Leon-Hernandez

Romig Middle School Spanish immersion teach Anaely Leon-Hernandez is KTVA's Head of the Class!

Head of the Class: Agripina Pascual

Head of the Class: Agripina Pascual

Mears Middle School algebra teach Agripina Pascual is KTVA's Head of the Class.

Head of the Class: Sarah San Martin

Head of the Class: Sarah San Martin

Sarah San Martin is the KTVA Head of the Class. San Martin teaches preschool at Chester Valley Elementary School.

Head of the Class: Wayne Ashworth

Head of the Class: Wayne Ashworth

After serving in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, Wayne Ashworth now teaches at Inlet View Elementary School.

Teacher of the Week: Colony High's 'Miss Mary'

Teacher of the Week: Colony High's 'Miss Mary'

KTVA went outside the classroom to find a Colony High School staff member who is going the extra mile to make students smile.

Teacher of the Week: Jake Doth

Teacher of the Week: Jake Doth

Our final Teacher is a middle school Science teacher from Nikiski.

Teacher of the Week: Sandra Ehlers

Teacher of the Week: Sandra Ehlers

Sandra Ehlers began her teaching career about 15 years ago in the Lower Yukon School District where she learned some valuable lessons.

Teacher of the Week: Marissa Brennan

Teacher of the Week: Marissa Brennan

Marissa Brennan’s students consider her family. She's been teaching at Kasuun Elementary School for 19 years and says she tries to teach social and life skills too.

Teacher of the Week: Annette Alward

Teacher of the Week: Annette Alward

Annette Alward, second grade at Kincaid Elementary School describes her 27-year-long teaching career as an adventure every day.

Teacher of the Week: Rees Miller

Teacher of the Week: Rees Miller

Rees Miller teaches chemistry and acting at West High School. "It's kind of a wild day, but I found a balance in it," Miller said. It's not everyday you see the arts and analytical math-based learning in the same classroom.

Teacher of the Week: Karen Cordero

Teacher of the Week: Karen Cordero

Learning a second language has been a life-long pursuit for Karen Cordero. For the past 11 years, she has been inspiring students at Eagle River High School to learn Spanish, as well.

Teacher of the Week: David Tollerud

Teacher of the Week: David Tollerud

David Tollerud teaches math at Colony Middle School in Palmer. His undergraduate is in mathematics, but he's also taught science, physical education and English. 

Teacher of the Week: Cricket Ives

Teacher of the Week: Cricket Ives

Our Teacher of the Week is Cricket Ives

Teacher of the Week: Chad Lusk

Teacher of the Week: Chad Lusk

Lusk teaches science at Wasilla Middle School and is big on life lessons. He encourages students to make the best out of any situation.

Teacher of the Week: Nadine Price

Teacher of the Week: Nadine Price

Nadine Price says health and physical education is the most important class her students will ever take. 

Teacher of the Week: Joyce Banks

Teacher of the Week: Joyce Banks

“Yes we can.” That is the motto of Wonder Park Elementary School teacher Joyce Banks. She and her second graders recite it together at the beginning of every class. It also serves as a verbal contract of sorts.

Teacher of the Week: Eric Elliot

Teacher of the Week: Eric Elliot

Eric Elliot is convinced he has the best job in the world.
"I've never had a bad day at work," he said. Elliot teaches in the Spanish immersion program at Government Hill Elementary.

Teacher of the Week: Kris Hinrichsen

Teacher of the Week: Kris Hinrichsen

At Chinook Elementary School, first and second-grade teacher Kris Hinrichsen educates his students on more than just academics.

Teacher of the Week: Brittany Nerland

Teacher of the Week: Brittany Nerland

Energetic and engaging -- Brittany Nerland is a second-grade teacher at Aquarian Charter School. Nerland says her secret to success is building relationships with her students.

Teacher of the Week: Alex Troll

Teacher of the Week: Alex Troll

West Anchorage High School’s Geometry and IB Math Studies teacher is a man on a mission.

Teacher of the Week: Diane Hawley

Teacher of the Week: Diane Hawley

KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week is a fourth- and fifth-grade special education teacher at Meadow Lakes Elementary School.

Teacher of the Week: Paula Saindon

Teacher of the Week: Paula Saindon

Paula Saindon is teaching her middle schoolers skills they can use for the rest of their life.

Teacher of the Week: Shawn Campbell

Teacher of the Week: Shawn Campbell

Stick with it. It's simple but sound advice from Shawn Campbell, a band teacher at Mears Middle School and KTVA's Teacher of the Week.

Teacher of the Week: Denise Carey

Teacher of the Week: Denise Carey

After 29 years in the classroom, there’s a reason Denise Carey keeps coming back for more.

Teacher of the Week: Michelle Vaaia

Teacher of the Week: Michelle Vaaia

Mrs. Vaaia is a neighborhood teacher at Government Hill Elementary. She’s been teaching at the Spanish immersion school for the past eight years and feels close to the neighborhood's families and community.

Teacher of the Week: Frau Lucht

Teacher of the Week: Frau Lucht

Our Teacher of the Week is Frau Lucht, a music and band teacher from Hanshew Middle School

Teacher of the Week: Natalia Sears

Teacher of the Week: Natalia Sears

Natalia Sears sees math as a universal language that’s applicable in real-world situations.

Teacher of the Week: Siray Abbey

Teacher of the Week: Siray Abbey

Less than three years into her teaching career, Siray Abbey is already making a big impact in the Anchorage School District.

Teacher of the Week: Robin Wold

Teacher of the Week: Robin Wold

Robin Wold is teaching her kindergartners to dream big. “I want them to love learning. I want them to know that school is a fun place to be,” she said. “It is a place where they can be successful.”

Teacher of the Week: Creed Campbell

Teacher of the Week: Creed Campbell

At Bartlett High School, Creed Campbell aims to help his students get a better understanding of human nature through the social sciences.

Teacher of the Week: Allison Stengel

Teacher of the Week: Allison Stengel

Relatable, positive and passionate; it’s how students describe Allison Stengel.

Teacher of the Week: Brian Waite

Teacher of the Week: Brian Waite

Brian Wait is a biology teacher at Service High School, and has been teaching science for 26 years. His hope is for some of his students to pursue science after high school and create a career out of it.

Teacher of the Week: Kaitlyn Vallee

Teacher of the Week: Kaitlyn Vallee

Mrs. Kaitlyn Vallee teaches second grade at Mountain View Elementary School and has always known she wanted to work with kids.

Teacher of the Week: Brad Goetz

Teacher of the Week: Brad Goetz

Being in front of the classroom is second nature to Brad Goetz. He’s been teaching 5th grade at Kincaid Elementary School for the past 17 years.

Teacher of the Week: Rebecca Sedor

Teacher of the Week: Rebecca Sedor

In Rebecca Sedor’s per-kindergarten class at Nunaka Valley Elementary School, excelling socially is just as important as improving scholastically.

Teacher of the Week: Doug Williams

Teacher of the Week: Doug Williams

Doug Williams says he needs three things as a teacher: passion, patience and a lot of coffee.

Teacher of the Week: Marcella Hitchcock

Teacher of the Week: Marcella Hitchcock

This week's Teacher of the Week is Marcella Hitchcock, a second grade teacher from Pacific Northern Academy.

Teacher of the Week: Jessica Mallory

Teacher of the Week: Jessica Mallory

As Tudor Elementary School transitions to the Montessori Model this year, first-year teacher Jessica Mallory is helping to lead the charge.

Teacher of the Week: Amy Habberstad

Teacher of the Week: Amy Habberstad

When South Anchorage High School opened in 2004, English teacher Amy Habberstad was one of the original staff members.

Teacher of the Week: Kathy Campbell

Teacher of the Week: Kathy Campbell

Kathy Campbell has worked in active war zones and debriefed a four-star general in the United States Army, but she feels it’s in the classroom where she is making the most difference.

Teacher of the Week: Tamela Kile

Teacher of the Week: Tamela Kile

Tamela Kile has nearly 40 years experience teaching elementary education.

Teacher of the Week: Asdid Derouen

Teacher of the Week: Asdid Derouen

From a very young age, Asdid Derouen knew her heart belonged with kids.

Teacher of the Week: Highlights from the School Year

Teacher of the Week: Highlights from the School Year

Over the past school year, Daybreak has highlighted 35 educators for Teacher of the Week, from Palmer to south Anchorage.

Teacher of the Week: Amy Habberstad

Teacher of the Week: Amy Habberstad

When South Anchorage High School opened in 2004, English teacher Amy Habberstad was one of the original staff members. Thirteen years later, she is still working to make sure her students don’t take their classes for granted.

Teacher of the Week: Kathy Campbell

Teacher of the Week: Kathy Campbell

Kathy Campbell has worked in active war zones and debriefed a four-star general in the United States Army, but she feels it’s in the classroom where she is making the most difference.

Teacher of the Week: Tamela Kile

Teacher of the Week: Tamela Kile

Tamela Kile has nearly 40 years experience teaching elementary education. “I love children. I think they’re our tomorrow. I celebrate them,” said Kile.

Teacher of the Week: Asdid Derouen

Teacher of the Week: Asdid Derouen

From a very young age, Asdid Derouen knew her heart belonged with kids. “I love what I do,” Derouen said. “This is what I was meant to do.”

Teacher of the Week: Jessica Mallory

Teacher of the Week: Jessica Mallory

As Tudor Elementary School transitions to the Montessori Model this year, first-year teacher Jessica Mallory is helping to lead the charge.

Teacher of the Week: Travis Harrington

Teacher of the Week: Travis Harrington

Travis Harrington is giving back to his community. He was a Chugiak Mustang and grew up playing the trumpet.

Teacher of the Week: Shane Todd

Teacher of the Week: Shane Todd

From the time he was in elementary school, Shane Todd has enjoyed being in the classroom.

Teacher of the Week: Wendy Barnes

Teacher of the Week: Wendy Barnes

Wendy Barnes learned as a teenager that you should never take anything for granted. When she was 18 years old, she taught sick kids at a hospital in Chernobyl. She said the experience was an eye opener.

Teacher of the Week: Vani Pillai

Teacher of the Week: Vani Pillai

Vani Pillai may be a teacher, but she prefers to act more like a facilitator in her Bioscience Career Academy classes at Service High School.

Teacher of the Week: Stefanie Stacey

Teacher of the Week: Stefanie Stacey

Second-grade teacher Stefanie Stacey believes in hands-on learning.

Teacher of the Week: Laura Freeman

Teacher of the Week: Laura Freeman

For the first time in Laura Freeman’s 16-year teaching career, she is teaching just one subject — math.

Teacher of the Week: Joanne Christian

Teacher of the Week: Joanne Christian

Tudor Elementary Kindergarten teacher Joanne Christian is starting her students off with the basics — sounding and spelling three letter words and putting together sentences.

Teacher of the Week: Marissa Evans

Teacher of the Week: Marissa Evans

Although relatively new to Anchorage, Marissa Evans is already making a significant impact on students at Holy Rosary Academy in Anchorage.

Teacher of the Week: Rebecca Julian

Teacher of the Week: Rebecca Julian

Rebecca Julian says she may be strict, but her students know she cares about them.

Teacher of the Week: Mischell Anderson

Teacher of the Week: Mischell Anderson

Whether teaching AP Psychology or AP World History, KTVA’s Teacher of the Week wants her students to take away some valuable life lessons.

Teacher of the Week: Kaity Williamson

Teacher of the Week: Kaity Williamson

For Kaity Williamson, teaching is her dream job. “Every day is different,” she explained. “The kids are awesome.”

Teacher of the Week: Dee McKee

Teacher of the Week: Dee McKee

The day after Dee McKee learned her big brother Mike Kelly died in a plane crash, she went to school as usual.

Teacher of the Week: Marsha Williams

Teacher of the Week: Marsha Williams

Marsha Williams has always been a music person. She says there’s something about it that brings people together.

Teacher of the Week: Randy Harrison

Teacher of the Week: Randy Harrison

As a student, Randy Harrison struggled through high school. He says he knows how difficult the experience can be without the right support.

Teacher of the Week: Randy Marsh

Teacher of the Week: Randy Marsh

He’s a math teacher by trade and aviator at heart.

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