• Quyana to Heather Mildon at Chugiak Elementary 

     

    Thank you for your positive, empathetic and educational leadership.  Ms. Mildon has provided professional development to improve her staff, yet at the same time she has been understanding to everyone's thoughts and feelings during Covid.  She works tirelessly, yet makes herself available to her staff and families and makes sure that our voices are heard.

     

    - Beth A Senchantixay, Peer

  • Quyana to Erica Arnold at Ravenwood Elementary

     

    Mrs. Arnold is a true asset to Ravenwood Elementary.  She shows up every school day (several times a day)  on zoom with a bright smile and a positive attitude.  She is an inspiration to her students.  She is always willing to connect with parents no matter what time of day & no matter the issue.  She listens with an open heart AND teaches her heart out!!  Way to go Mrs. Arnold!  We love you!

     

    - Teresa Dearborn, Peer

  • Quyana to Alison Hamilton at Ravenwood Elementary

     

    Mrs. Hamilton has managed to connect with my children through online video conferencing. I?m amazed at how she has managed to know my children and inspire them to do their work and be present all through zoom! I am also ever appreciative of her understanding and kindness when my 1st graders are simply tapped out on zooming and need a break. Because of her approach to this crazy school year, my children are staying engaged and motivated to learn. Thank you for everything you do, Mrs. Hamilton!

     

    -Genevieve Maurits, Parent

  • Quyana to Laura Guest at Ravenwood Elementary

     

    Mrs. Guest goes above and beyond to help her students find books that are at the right reading level for them, or in their interest areas to make them want to become avid readers.  Thank you for taking time to reach each individual child's needs, especially, since it is more difficult to do this remotely!

     

    - Nicole, Parent

  • Quyana to Mrs. Lanehart, Mrs. Quiroz, Ms. Sam, Mrs. Figueroa, and Ms. Jaidyn at Ravenwood Elementary

     

    The entire Kindergarten team is knocking it out of the park.  Mrs. Lanehart, Mrs. Quiroz, Ms. Sam, Mrs. Figueroa, and Ms. Jaidyn have managed to make online learning a breeze.  They send home organized daily folders to make it easy enough for our kindergarteners to find all the tools they need on their own each day.  I am sure this takes extra prep time that they may not even be getting paid for, but it is life saving! Thank you!


    They are able to work seamlessly together, so that while one teacher is teaching the other teachers are able to search the video feeds to give children extra encouragement or praise as needed, or to be able to set up the next lesson, so the children don't have to wait while they troubleshoot any technological issues, or take a group of kids to a breakout room if needed.  They find interesting and entertaining ways to engage children at this young age to reach them remotely.  They are able to provide breaks in the day so the children can manage the digital time load, but also complete the necessary work.  This is not an easy balance to find, I am sure.


    They are using so many tools to make a difficult situation feel fun and manageable for 5 year olds.  They take time to engage with each child individually every day.  Be it in real time or over seesaw.  Every assignment on seesaw or on paper gets recognition from her teacher and she loves hearing Mrs. Lanehart's voice comments over seesaw, trying to read her positive comments on returned paper projects, or glowing with excitement from the encouraging stickers. She is so proud to be able to share her work, and to feel her teachers love and praise. 
    They are able to balance art projects with worksheets so that the learning feels like fun, and not just all work. They are able to stay calm and positive and encouraging no matter what the day throws at them.  Getting the privilege of watching them in action is a rare treat.  It is a real testament to how stellar these teachers are that they are able to take online learning to this age group so successfully.  Thank you for all the extra effort and time you have put in to create a brand new platform to teach your students in.  You are all amazing, and you are shining so brightly!

     

    - Nicole, Parent

     


    Mrs. Quiroz thank you for all you are doing this year to make my sons kindergarten experience a fun one. This is not how I pictured my last little one starting school but you are a positive light in all of this craziness!  Eli will say throughout the day ?mom I learned this from Mrs. Quiroz or mom look at this song Mrs. Quiroz taught me?. Your kindness and love have touched my family and we are so thankful for you. We are looking forward to singing and learning with you in person!

     

    - Susanne Balmer, Parent

  • Quyana to Adam Reid at ASD Virtual

     

    Adam Reid was a great support for my son as he navigated through virtual school this last quarter.  He communicated and pushed my son through his class with encouragement and support.

     

    - Elizabeth McGee, Parent

  • Quyana to Brian Gornick at Bartlett High School

     

    Mr. Gornick has been an extremely helpful and supportive teacher to my son as we navigated through virtual this last quarter.  His response to my son's emails were quick and he gave him hope that he could finish course.

     

    - Elizabeth McGee, Parent

  • Quyana to Erica Arnold at Ravenwood Elementary

     

    Mrs. Arnold is amazing!  Her enthusiasm for learning is contagious. You can?t help but love her. Her excitement for her students shines through every day. We are grateful that my son has her this year as his teacher. With all that has been happening this year Mrs. Arnold continues to keep the students engaged. They know she cares about them and their learning. Thank you for all you do for the students at Ravenwood!

     

    - Susanne Balmer, Parent


     

    Thank you for being an amazing teacher.  You are able to bring a smile and a laugh to my child every day despite being only able to reach him remotely at the moment.  We sincerely appreciate all the extra effort and time you take to make it possible to reach your students in this new environment.  Please know all the extra work you are doing is not going unnoticed.

    You are a shining star. Your enthusiasm and positive cheer reaches your students no matter how physically far you are from them, it is a blessing for everyone who is lucky enough to share in your joy. 

     

    - Nicole, Parent


    Mrs. Arnold has been my child?s wishlist teacher for the last few years and when she found out she got in her class during the first ever online learning year, it didn?t dampen her spirits. She was very excited and has been rewarded with Mrs. Arnold?s enthusiasm, inspiration and leadership every day. A silver lining to this year has been my 4th graders newly cultivated independence with class assignments. I attribute this self managing skill to Mrs. Arnold?s presence in the virtual classroom. She sets a tone that brings out confidence in her students? ability to be the best students they can be. My daughter and I will be ever grateful for her amazing educational energy, virtually and in-person.

     

    - Genevieve Maurits, Parent

  • Quyana to Caitlin Ivary at Ravenwood Elementary

     

    Mrs. Ivary is an incredible teacher. Her kindness and loving nature shine through to her students even through zoom!  This new kind of learning hasn't been easy but we are grateful that we are going through it with Mrs. Ivary. We can't wait until we can see her smiling face in person. Until then we will take her wonderful face on the screen!

     

    - Susanne Balmer, Parent

  • Quyana to Diane Vanagel at Homestead Elementary

     

    Mrs. Vanagel is a wonderful teacher! She is a compassionate teacher who keeps the children engaged and excited about learning.  Ned Vanagel maintains control over the class in a fun and respectful manner, and I feel incredibly lucky to have had her for both of my boys for first grade. They learned a lot and loved her as a teacher.

     

    - Tanya Barnett, Parent

  • Quyana to Teresa Dearborn at Nunaka Valley Elementary

     

    She is a chronic source of light and positivity!!! She is always a ray of sunshine and the school is incredibly lucky to have her serving the community!!!

     

    - Meghan Foster, Parent

  • Quyana to Brenda Evans at Eagle River High School

     

    She is such a positive influence on all of the kids!!! Her chronic positivity is contagious and the school is lucky to have her!!!

     

    - Meghan Foster, Parent

  • Quyanan to Caela Nielsen at Ravenwood Elementary

     

    She is the glue of Ravenwood! She provides numerous activities for the kids inside and outside of the school. She is a crowd favorite among the students and the parents.

     

    - Meghan Foster, Parent

  • Quyana to Debbie Weiss at Ravenwood Elementary

     

    She is the face of the school! She has chronic positivity and is such a bright light at all times for the students, faculty and staff!

     

    - Meghan Foster, Parent

  • Quyana to Jennifer Waisanen at Ravenwood Elementary

     

    She ignited an academic flame in both of my kids! We love her enthusiasm for teaching and her ability to bring the best out in her students. We miss her greatly!!!

     

    - Meghan Foster, Parent

  • Quyana to Kyle Contreras at Alaska State School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

     

    Through conversation with ACT staff, I was able to discover a desire for communication amongst each other and students who may be deaf or hard of hearing. I reached out to the the Alaska State School of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AKSD) and Kyle Contreras stepped up to the challenge of teaching adult learners.


    His immersion model of instruction engaged staff! When scrolling through staff videos you could see each of them mirroring the signs to process their learning.

     

    - Shawn Bernard, Peer

  • Quyana to Michael Kage at Ptarmigan Elementary

     

    I would like to recognize Mr. Kage for all the hard work he does as a Special Education Department Chair for five elementary schools.  His ability to balance the needs of all these schools is truly amazing.  He holds numerous meetings each week to inform the staff at each building.  At Ptarmigan, we have several new Teaching Assistants and he has reached out to them to begin finding out what training they may need and has either conducted that training or coordinated the Professional Development with various district resources.  Also at Ptarmigan we have a two new Structured Learning Center teachers. He has also providing Professional Development for them to prepare them for their new positions.  In just over a year, Mr. Kage has brought our school into compliance with all the needed meetings and paperwork.  He sets the example for others to follow and Ptarmigan is a better place because of the dedication Mr. Kage has to his job.

     

    - Kelly Ramey, Peer

  • Quyana to Title VI Indian Education at ASD Ed Center

     

    ASD Elementary Libraries received nine new books for their collection from Title VI. ASD students now have engaging new books to read about Alaskan animals and life in the Arctic, written and published by people who live in the Arctic. Thank you!

     

    - Lisa Sam, Library Services Supervisor

  • Quyana to Diane Johannes at Homestead Elementary

     

    Mrs. Johannes is an amazing teacher. She is truly gifted in teaching - keeping the kids engaged in learning and on track. She is a memorable and loved teacher who is incredibly talented and kind.

     

    -Tanya Barnett, Parent

  • Quyana to Melissa van Haastert at Ravenwood Elementary

     

    Ms. van Haastert goes above and beyond as a teacher! She is fair, caring, and professional. She is committed to teaching our children to be kind and knowledgeable people. She has been my son's teacher for two years in a row. His excitement at finding out she was his teacher this year tells me she is amazing. Thank you, Ms. van Haastert, for making this year as wonderful as can be for our kids!

     

    -Danielle Wolak, Parent

  • Quyana to Mrs. Tippey at Ravenwood Elementary

     

    She's taken on a different role due to these unfortunate Covid times. She's been such an amazing support for the 3rd graders! We appreciate the new role you've taken on and we LOVE seeing your smiling face at packet pick up Thursdays. Thank you!

     

    -Merlyn Savikko, Parent

  • Quyana to Erin Colgrove at Ravenwood Elementary

     

    Thank you Mrs. Colgrove!
    My child looks forward to school because of you! You?re fun and kind. You?re always willing to take extra time out of your day to make sure my child is understanding her schoolwork. Thank you for being an amazing person and teacher. Your hard work doesn?t go unnoticed!

     

    - Merlyn Savikko, Parent

  • Quyana to Debbie Quiroz at Ravenwood Elementary

     

    Thank you to Mrs. Quiroz!
    She is working so hard to make distance learning engaging and fun on and off screen. She is understanding and kind with her students. Her hard work and dedication to teaching doesn?t go unnoticed. We appreciate her!

     

    - Merlyn Savikko, Parent

  • Quyana to Vicki Jefts at Special Education Records

     

    I work in a neighboring school district and last month had an immediate need for records for a transferring student.  Vickie was instrumental in getting me the records right away.  I very much appreciated her professionalism and great customer service!

     

    - Diane Lemon, MatSu District

  • Quyana to Suzie Spackman at Chugiak Elementary

     

    Suzie is our extraordinary Music teacher, normally.  But without hesitation, she has stepped into the role of a generalist.  She is flexible, dependable and has a positive attitude.  She offers a "study hall/tech hour" to help with kids who are  struggling to keep up.  Her support is very much appreciated.

     

    - Beth Senchantixay, Peer

  • Quyana to Jen Cryder at Chugiak Elementary

     

    Jen is an amazingly patient and dedicated TA.  She works in small groups on zoom to help some of our most challenged students have success.  She is always present, patient and flexible.   Thanks Ms. Cryder, you are making a huge difference in their lives.

     

    - Beth Senchantixay, Peer

  • Quyana to Joy Chastagner, Sandra Medina, Megan Schmidt at ASD Human Resources/Benefits

     

    The staff in the benefits department have been kind, patient, and professional throughout the school closure in supporting staff as they navigate the challenges of work and parenting. They are a fantastic team and have helped make a challenging time of balancing work and home commitments much less stressful. Thank you for everything you do!

     

    - Kristine Stout, Peer

  • Quyana to Luke Geisler at Information Technology

     

    My TA's submitted help tickets in the first week of September, and followed up with multiple phone calls. On September 23rd, Luke answered the phone and was able to remotely help both TA's re-image their computers. Thank you!

     

    - Sarah Winters, Peer

  • Quyana to Chris Eisert at South Anchorage High School

     

    Mr. Eisert has been wonderful during online learning!  It's truly amazing that he can show up every morning and greet his high school students with a smile, a joke, or even a song.  He keeps my 16 year old son giggling at 8:00 am from the kitchen table with his humor.  What a gift you are to our family, Mr. Eisert!  You are a ROCKSTAR in our book!  Thank you for your hard work and heart for kids!

     

    - Katrina Rhodes, Peer

  • Quyana to Sonya, Donte, and Andrew at the Office of Equity and Compliance

     

    While doing my annual trainings, I noted a discrepancy in a preferred national term vs what was used in the training. It didn't even take 5 minutes to start a dialogue towards amending the error, and the team was very kind and understanding. I am so proud to work for a school district that is able to respond so warmly and effectively to errors that are often very sensitive in nature. Coming from a workplace that was less responsive to this sort of thing, entering into a dialogue that resulted in change was very refreshing. Thank you again.

     

    -Elisabeth Bomhof, Peer

  • Quyana to Margaret Obermeyer at Occupational Therapy/Related Services

     

    Margaret is one of the best OTs that I know! She has tirelessly worked for ASD both during the school year and ESY since she became an OT, and is an amazing resource. Her kind patience and understanding sets parents and staff at ease, and her ability to advocate for her students means that they get the best services possible. She is a true asset to the district, and helpful interdisciplinary resource when I have questions about policy or procedures.

     

    -Elisabeth Bomhof, Peer

  • Quyana to Bright Nygard at Bowman Elementary

     

    When I started this job to this day she is always willing and able to help me in anyway possible.  And has the ability to share directions in a very understandable way.  She is a true asset to ASD!

     

    - Doreen Joyner, Peer

  • Quyana to Celeste Erikson at Rabbit Creek Elementary

     

    Celeste is our Art Teacher and has spent the last two weeks collaborating with the 6th grade team.  She has looked over our Science and Social Studies lessons and created dynamic Art lessons to go with our lessons that will be posted on our classroom Canvas page.  I appreciate Celeste's willingness to dive in and support our kids with fun and exciting projects that are perfect extensions of our curriculum!  Thank you for the support and partnership, Celeste!  Our students are lucky to have you!

     

    - Katrina Rhodes, Peer

  • Quyana to Gavin Northey at ASD Student Nutrition

     

    Gavin works overtime to fix forms and programs to make the manager's life easier. He goes above the call of duty to help us all.

     

    - Laura Homan, Peer

  • Quyana to Tiffiny Hatcher and Kimberly Hughes at Scenic Park Elementary

     

    Huge shout out and Quyana to the front office power team of Tiffiny and Kim! These two amazing women are dedicated problem solvers, gracious in their work with others and somehow keep a sense of humor through it all. Thank you for all your hard work, laughter, and for helping us thrive at Scenic Park! You are appreciated!

     

    - Lori Rucksdashel, Principal

  • Quyana to Calvin Harris at ASD Information Technology

     

    Calvin has gone above and beyond to assist the Communications Department in answering questions and helping parents navigate the first week of school with regards to technology. Amazing!

     

    - Robert DeBerry, ASD Communications

  • Quyana to Todd Sullivan at ASD Information Technology

     

    Todd is such a great help at IT.  He is always positive and patient!  He is knowledgable  and willing to work through multiple issues.  It is nice to hear such an encouraging voice in these times.

     

    - Dorissa Martin, Peer

  • Quyana to Jerry Finkler at Frontier Charter School

     

    Jerry, our Principal, is a great help to the Frontier staff.  He rolls up his sleeves and helps any staff member at any time, no matter what the job is. He wears many hats.  He does teacher work,  janitorial work, maintenance man, customer service rep, and the last few days he has been answering the main telephone.  There is nothing he won?t help us on and he still keeps smiling.  He wants to make sure Frontier runs as smoothly as possible and from me, as well as other staff, from being too overloaded!  There are not many Principals like Jerry!

    Thank you, Jerry, for being such great help to all of us!

     

    -Margie Mitchell, Peer

  • Quyana to the staff at Fire Lake Elementary

     

    A huge Quyana to the staff at Fire Lake Elementary as they helped make my transition to this team smooth. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and encouragement!

     

    - Susan Best, Peer

  • Quyana to Jack Johnson, Dave Frankford, and Joe Barron at ASD Information Technology

     

    Jack, Dave, and Joe supported the special education department in facilitating webinar format trainings to support both our classified and certified staff members. They were swift with their responses and addressing our needs.

    Thanks for all that you do to support our staff and our students.

     

    - Shawn Bernard, Peer

  • Quyana to Cynthia Hawkins at PAIDEIA Cooperative School

     

    I've read stories and heard from parents whose children were not at PAIDEIA, as well as those who were; and I just have to stop and pour out our gratitude to Cynthia. The contrast is night and day. Cynthia provided an AMAZING Zoom program 3 times daily that kept our kids engaged in a HIGH level of Academics across subjects and always in attendance. Her dedication and interest in each of our kids is extremely visible in the support she provides our children. Many of us don't always have the chance to just drop by the class room, but with the Zoom meetings, due to Covid-19, we were able to see her in action!
    THANK YOU!!!

     

    -Jalam Plunkett, Parent

  • Quyana to Michael Ireland at ASD Education Center

     

    Mike is extremely helpful and easy to work with. He responds quickly and is always willing to help solve issues related to our security camera's. We appreciate you !!!

     

    - Rick Stone, Peer

  • Quyana to Amy Larsen at ASD iSchool

     

    I have tried to show my appreciation for Amy Larsen and her team at iSchool any chance I get. As a teacher myself at iSchool, the interactions with families and the support needed can be different than at a traditional brick-and-mortar. Every time I have needed help with a student matter, technical issue, or general question, someone at ASD iSchool is so quick to respond, help, or give clarification and feedback to resolve whatever the issue is. I try to handle most issues myself, but sometimes I need their support, and I never have to wait long for it. I can only imagine how many emails, phone calls, and texts they must have to send in a day to keep iSchool running, and it does not go unnoticed by me. I am so thankful for Amy and her team, and I look forward to many more years being able to work with them.

     

    - Jason Collins, peer

  • Quyana to Tanya Tyson at Birchwood ABC

     

    Thank you Ms. Tyson for providing such a seamless transition to online learning with a clear learning plan, when it became necessary last March. Our family appreciates you!

     

    - Anne Clark, Parent

  • Quyana to Karen Rakos at Campbell STEM Elementary!

     

    I would like to thank Ms. Rakos for making my sons first semester at Campbell Stem an awesome experience.  He adjusted well into his new classroom, made new friends, and always came home eager and excited to have learned something new everyday.

     

    - Gwendolyn Francis, Parent

  • Quyana to Hamimah Bjorkman at Abbott Loop Elementary

     

    I would like to take a moment to sincerely thank Mrs. Bjorkman for taking the time for her students, to identify their needs and support them in the best way possible. My family is very grateful for her generous spirit and commitment.

     

    - James Miller, Parent

  • Quyana to Thelma Guerrero, Rob Snelson, Dallas Price and Leslie Dodd at Bayshore Elementary

     

    A note of appreciation to Thelma Guerrero, Rob Snelson, Dallas Price, Leslie Dodd, and to the entire team of incredible staff at Bayshore Elementary- You Eagles soar above and beyond each day making working at Bayshore a rewarding experience! Many thank-yous from the bottom of my heart!

     

    - Heidi Packer, Peer