Sean Murphy spent many years in the Army before becoming a stay-at-home Dad and attending school at night to be a teacher. Being married to a teacher, people often remarked that he would love the teaching lifestyle, which would allow him the same time off as his children and would be a great way to raise a family. "They were right," Sean recalls. "I have two successful daughters who are graduates of ASD." Sean has worked for the district since 1995, with 15 years as a teacher and 4 as an administrator. "ASD is a very supportive district," he says, "always providing guidance, support, and training that is relevant to the classroom."
Hasaan Herrington is an ASD graduate who first entered the information technology field while attending college. Ultimately, he wanted to pursue a position which afforded him broader experience. His search brought him back to the Anchorage School District, where he's worked for the past eight years. Hasaan is currently the supervisor of the IT techs servicing ASD schools and departments. "The best part of my job," he says, "is knowing that providing great service directly correlates to the Anchorage School District mission of educating all students for success in life."
Michael Jerue worked for nine years at Safeway before being told he couldn't rise any higher in the company without a four-year degree. It was at that point Michael made the decision to go back to school. He explains that While he was a student, he offered to open a snack bar in the cafeteria. "I was working with a lot of kids, being so much older than the other students," he remembers. "At that point I said to myself that for the rest of my life I wanted to work with kids, and I never went back to work for Safeway." Michael has been with the Anchorage School District for over 10 years. "My grandpa has always said, 'We need to get an education so we can better our lives, for our community, family, and our people.' My goal is to assist in the next generation in reaching for and acquiring their highest potential." Michael's favorite part about working for ASD is the kids. "Whenever I'm down I just go see the kids and they make me smile."
Jessie Salway began working for the district as a long term sub at Benny Benson after college, and fell in love with the idea of teaching math and science in a small alternative setting. This was the driving factor in her decision to pursue her MAT at 23. “After completing my student teaching in Oregon, I came to the realization that ASD is an exceptional district,” she recalls. “The supports given to staff, paired with the diversity of programs means that every student and teacher has many opportunities to thrive.” Jessie says that the best part of her job is helping shepherd students to the next phase of their life and education. “Seeing students becoming productive members of society is incredibly rewarding. I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.”