• Spotlight on Juselandra Tajale, Mirakristell Khu, and Keeshia Pepito at Ptarmigan Elementary

    I would like to thank, Juselandra Tajale, Mirakristell Khu, and Keeshia Pepito for their sharing their Filipino culture and information about education in the Philippines with the Ptarmigan Staff. You detailed presentation helped the Ptarmigan staff expand our knowledge base and understanding of numerous students and families within our community.Kelly Ramey, Supervisor

  • Spotlight on Turnagain Elementary faculty and staff at Turnagain Elementary!

    I appreciate the contributions of each of the faculty and staff at Turnagain Elementary. We love our neighborhood school and appreciate the teachers and administrators that make it a wonderful place to learn.Jonathan Briggs, Parent

  • Spotlight on Ashley Cross and Peggy Benton at Ptarmigan Elementary!

    A big thanks to both Peggy Benton and Ashley Cross for organizing the Ptarmigan Elementary Talent Show. Not only did they spend time preparing the students who performed, but also they also taught our student body how to properly appreciate a performance.Kelly Ramey, Principal

  • Spotlight on Ms Karen and Ms Anina at Ptarmigan Elementary!

    They are literally the backbone of Ptarmigan. Their hard work and dedication and passion could move mountains! They always make themselves available and have speedy replies with any and all questions. Their hard work is very much appreciated!Vaitohi Family, Parent

  • Spotlight on Marty Imhof at Ptarmigan Elementary!

    She's an amazing teacher and a great person to work with. She always addresses any and all concerns and very fun to be around! Thank you Mrs Imhof!Vaitohi Family, Parents

  • Spotlight on Kristen McRoberts at Ptarmigan Elementary!

    She is an amazing teacher!! She puts her whole heart in her job and it shows! She taught my daughter so much in kindergarten and she became family! We love Mrs McRoberts!Vaitohi Family, Parents

  • Spotlight on Ashley Cross and Peggy Benton at Ptarmigan Elementary!

    A big thanks to both Peggy Benton and Ashley Cross for organizing the Ptarmigan Elementary Talent Show. Not only did they spend time preparing the students who performed, but also they also taught our student body how to properly appreciate a performance.Kelly Ramey, Principal

  • Spotlight on Ms. Karen and Ms. Anina at Ptarmigan Elementary!

    They are literally the backbone of Ptarmigan. Their hard work and dedication and passion could move mountains! They always make themselves available and have speedy replies with any and all questions. Their hard work is very much appreciated!Vaitohi Family, Parent

  • Spotlight on Reyna Cruz Garcia at Wonder Park Elementary!

    Reyna was at work early, plowing and shoveling to make our walkways safe for those who had to come into the school building.Donna Moats, Assistant Principal

  • Spotlight on Riannon Magsayo and Cassie (Cassandra) Potter at Ptarmigan Elementary!

    I love the opportunity to acknowledge two amazing paraprofessionals that work in my classroom everyday, all day. Miss Riannon is a kindergarten paraprofessional. Miss Cassie is a special education paraprofessional providing push-in support for my most intensive behavior students. Miss Riannon and Miss Cassie have basically kept this kindergarten ship sailing since August. They are so supportive with behavior and are always cheerful and friendly. Both are firm, but caring with some of the youngest students at Ptarmigan. They are on our Leadership Team, to boot! I appreciate them in countless ways!Kristen McRoberts, peer

  • Spotlight on Dave Whiting, Senior Director at Purchasing & Warehouse!

    Anchorage STrEaM Academy thanks Dave Whiting and his team of Fatou Jagne and Lisa Young, for all the support and hard work they have invested in our school lease amendment and renewal. They made the process easy and efficient. Dave was prompt, professional and thorough. STrEaM could not have completed this process without Dave and his team supporting us so well. Thank you!Adam Mokelke, Peer

  • Spotlight on Ky Hollingsworth at AK Choice Virtual!

    Ky consistently goes above and beyond to support the AK Choice Virtual staff and ASD students. She approaches new tasks with a smile on her face and a growth mindset that his inspiring to everyone around her. She always reminds us that all of our students deserve the best support and care. Thanks Ky!Amelia Johnson, ASD Colleague

  • Spotlight on Christine Harrington at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School!

    Christine Harrington is an outstanding educator and instructional coach at ANCCS. She has tirelessly provided guidance and support through the many changes that have occurred this past quarter. Most importantly even while navigating the initiatives this past quarter her number one priority has been to make sure students are provided with the most supportive academic instruction to help them grow to their fullest potential. Her example as an educator is inspirational due to her focus on student achievement. Quyana!Pamela, Peer

  • Spotlight on Mandy McConnell at Kincaid Elementary!

    She went above and beyond to make her student, my daughter Charlotte in her class, feel valued and loved by spending her Saturday evening cheering for 3 of our Kincaid students in their pageant.Sara Rasmussen, Parent

  • Spotlight on Nicole Sommerville at ASD Education Center!

    Nicole is an excellent leader! She has guided us through the CKLA implementation. I appreciate Nicole's collaboration with the CKLA Immersion group and her willingness to always share her knowledge. Thank you Nicole!Cherry Galloway, Principal O'Malley

  • Spotlight on Dawn Offrink at Creekside Park!

    Dawn is always willing to share her vast instructional coach knowledge. She helps those outside her building and is always friendly and kind. I appreciate Dawn always willing to help! She collaborates across schools to improve student outcomes. Thank you Dawn!Cherry Galloway, Principal O'Malley

  • Spotlight on Jessica Blakenship at Susitna Elementary!

    A huge thank you to Jessica and her willingness to always answer questions via email, phone, text, etc. Jessica always has a positive attitude and goes the extra mile helping those outside of her building. Thank you Jessica!Cherry Galloway, Principal O'Malley

  • Spotlight on Reyna Cruz Garcia at Wonder Park Elementary!


    Reyna was at work early, plowing and shoveling to make our walkways safe for those who had to come into the school building.Donna Moats, Assistant Principal

  • Spotlight on Dave Whiting, Senior Director at Purchasing & Warehouse


    Anchorage STrEaM Academy thanks Dave Whiting and his team of Fatou Jagne and Lisa Young, for all the support and hard work they have invested in our school lease amendment and renewal. They made the process easy and efficient. Dave was prompt, professional and thorough. STrEaM could not have completed this process without Dave and his team supporting us so well. Thank you!Adam Mokelke, Peer

  • Spotlight on Ky Hollingsworth at AK Choice Virtual

    Ky consistently goes above and beyond to support the AK Choice Virtual staff and ASD students. She approaches new tasks with a smile on her face and a growth mindset that is inspiring to everyone around her. She always reminds us that all of our students deserve the best support and care. Thanks Ky!Amelia Johnson, ASD Colleague

  • Spotlight on Rahim Ali at Service High

    We have two kids at Service High currently and two Service graduates. There's always at least a bit of stress when you have to call a kid out for whatever reason, but Mr. Ali's friendly, easygoing demeanor makes it less so. He is very caring. Quyana Mr. Ali!Bill Richardson, Parent

  • Spotlight on Heather Philp and Courtney Dresser-Bardwell at Transportation

    Heather and Courtney went above and beyond to ensure that a student who is experiencing some life-altering events is still able to access transportation and attend school every day! It was so clear to me that every decision these ladies make about transportation is child-centered to ensure that every student has the opportunity to be successful. Thank you! Proud to work with you both.Jillian Gates, Peer

  • Spotlight on Ms.Roberts at Mears Middle School

    I'd Like to take a moment to recognize Ms Roberts for her excellent teaching skills either for social studies or history of american cinema she makes me look forward to her class 6th period because she just puts a smile on my face and everyone else face. Thank you Ms Roberts! You Rock!Alyvia, peer

  • Spotlight on Carol Johns, Celerina Peake and Jared Ricker at South Anchorage High School

    Carol and her staff have been beyond helpful and accommodating this year while we are going through staffing issues. Together, Carol and Celerina run the kitchen for both breakfast and lunch, while Jared subs in at other schools. It can be hectic, it can be crazy, but they make it work and the children are fed every day!! Thank you Team South!!!!Nannette Giroux, Lead Supervisor, Student Nutrition

  • Spotlight on Jennifer Hoeldt at Ptarmigan

    Mrs. Hoedlt is a 3rd grade teacher that works extremely hard both inside and outside the classroom to support Ptarmigan Elementary. She serves our school as the Building Technology Coordinator, supporting staff with all their technology needs and challenges. She also supports our staff as the Site Based Specialist in the area of Math and is a vital member of our Leadership Team. Thank you, Mrs. Hoeldt, for giving your all to not only your students but to our school as a whole.

    Kelly Ramey, Supervisor

  • Spotlight on Liza Tran at Dimond High School!

    Ms. Liza Tran has the difficult responsibility of teaching my child with special needs. I was able to receive effective communication from her which resulted in my child getting adjusted to school. A lot of times teachers don't want to deal with a child with special needs and do whatever they can to get them suspended or expelled.

    I believe Ms. Tran has gone above and beyond simply by trying to understand how my child is different and may need a different approach.

    She has informed me that my son is thriving in her classroom and I believe that is due to her greatness, and I would like everyone to acknowledge her greatness. We overcame a difficult time due to her greatness.Stacie Khan, Parent

  • Spotlight on Ms. Curry, Mr. Allen, and Mr. Goetz at Kincaid Elementary 5th Grade Teachers!

    Ms. Curry, Mr. Allen, and Mr. Goetz are an amazing 5th grade team! They are going above and beyond to prepare the 5th graders for middle school and making sure their last year of elementary is memorable. I can not say enough how much I appreciate them!Amanda Foster, Parent

  • Spotlight on Amber Myers at Romig!

    Thank you, Amber! You have gone above and beyond our classroom walls to give our students opportunities to connect with our community and the current global and local issues that surround us. You have found opportunities to make their learning relevant, alive, and meaningful. They are thinking critically, passionately, and learning to problem-solve while appreciating the perspectives of others. Yesterday's World Affairs Council field trip was like a banana split for their brains. Our students are so fortunate to have you as their social studies teacher. It is a joy for all of us to work with you!Cheers,Traci Stanley, Ben Walker, John BruceTraci Stanley, Peer

  • Spotlight on Keoni Quilinderino at Chugiak Elementary!

    Thank you to Keoni for being awesome and helping collect milk cartons during lunchtime. Your extra effort has put smiles on so many students here at Chugiak Elementary. Plus, it's given our art class a cool boost, showing off those recycled art philosophies and proving that even the most unexpected materials can be turned into masterpieces. You rock!Carol Turner, Peer

  • Spotlight on Ian Milliman at ASD Publication Services - King Tech!

    Thank you Ian, for your proficiency in troubleshooting technical challenges, offering solutions, and providing guidance on printing best practices. You are a true asset to our district. Your dedication has made a noticeable impact at Chugiak and Birchwood ABC Elementary.Carol Turner, Peer

  • Spotlight on Joyce Schnese and Jessica Butts at Records Management!

    Thank you to Joyce and Jessica in records management for always being cheerful, helpful and through! I appreciate all you do and feel lucky to have your support and guidance! You are amazing!Colleen Morris, Front Desk Winterberry

  • Spotlight on Cherry Galloway at O'Malley!

    Principal Galloway has been an extraordinary leader. She has offered helpful guidance and has gone above and beyond to support the Immersion CKLA team. We couldn't have done it without her leadership. Thank you! Quyana !Beth Senchantixay, Teacher

  • Spotlight on Shelley Cooper at South Anchorage High School!

    The reason why I'm nominating this teacher is because Ms. Cooper brightens every student everyday with amazing energy and constructive criticism. She truly cares about her students and it shows, going out of her way to provide material and professional in her work. She is inclusive and understanding of differences in her students, and is great at teaching or helping us learn our subject. Thank you Ms. Cooper!Connor Avara, Student

  • Spotlight on the Electrical Craft Department!

    A big shout out to Electrical Craft Team My classroom lights took on a mind of their own. We put in a work order and the team did everything they could as fast as they could. There wasn't an immediate fix, however, they were able to adjust things so I could teach in the room until they could complete the actual fix. Not only did they fix the lights but where proactive and ordered a new box in case the fix wasn't what was needed. BONUS! They came to my classroom the next day to check in and make sure that we were good to go for the day. Their customer service and professionalism is electric! (pun intended)Laurie Rodgers, Teacher

  • Spotlight on Sara Paulson at Bowman Elementary!

    Ms. Paulson always goes so far beyond for the kids at Bowman. Even amongst amazing and dedicated teachers at an incredible school, Ms. Paulson stands out for her absolute dedication to her kids. From being involved with everything at Bowman, to the countless hours she puts in after school, to spending her weekend cheering on cross-country runners, I have never seen a teacher give more, and I'm a teacher as well. On top of all her above-and-beyond activities, she's a wonderful educator (and crossing guard) and, as my son says, "almost certainly the silliest person at Bowman." Thank you for everything Ms. Paulson!Noah Zogas, Parent

  • Spotlight on Karen Johnson and Anina Felise-Fogamomi at Ptarmigan!

    Ptarmigan Elementary has an amazing office staff! Ms. Karen and Ms. Anina make all students, their families, and staff feel welcomed and appreciated. They make my job as the principal easier because of all the work they do behind the scenes to make Ptarmigan a great to be!Kelly Ramey, Principal

  • Spotlight on Jamie Phan at Teaching and Learning!

    In just a short time, Ms. Phan has created positive relationships with the staff at Ptarmigan Elementary and is helping all of grow and learn. She has personally helped me dive deeper into our new CKLA Reading curriculum and learn how to increase my effectiveness as I conduct walk throughs and observations.Kelly Ramey, Principal

  • Quyana to Danica Caldwell at Transportation!

    Danica is such a positive spokesperson for the Anchorage School District. She shared with me her positive experiences as a bus driver for ASD, and I have to believe that this is reflected in her relationships with the students and families she serves.Diane Hoffbauer, community member

  • Quyana to Katie Parrott at Sr. Dir Management / Budget!

    Katie Parrott makes everything easier for schools! She is amazing and supportive with complicated budget and finance work. We appreciate her at Anchorage STrEaM Academy!Sylvia Biondich, peer

  • Quyana to Heather Cummings at Bayshore Elementary School

    I wanted to extend gratitude to Heather Cummings for doing such a great job with acclimating my son to school while he recovers from a Brain Tumor Surgery. Mrs. Cummings is receptive to my advice and makes my son feel confident during the school day - all while being safe. In addition, Mrs. Cummings has taken most of the fears/worries away for my son coming back to school and is making it fun for him. My son continues to come home and brag to family about his day and we appreciate Mrs. Cummings for making this possible!Nina Carter, Parent

  • Quyana to Heather Johnson at IT/Service Desk

    With all of the back-to-school madness, enrollment, and registration, Heather has helped me with all of my issues and shows nothing but kindness and grace. She is always patient and helpful and solves all of my IT issues. Quyana Heather!Laurie Nusbaum, School Secretary

  • Quyana to Sally Laret and Kelly Heppner at Eagle River High School

    Both Sally and Kelly helped to get my son's freshman schedule on track for a successful start to the school year. They were open, kind, and communicative. I'm excited for my son to have great support in his new school.Lisa Bunag, Parent

  • Quyana to Jessica Blankenship at Susitna Elementary

    Jessica was extremely helpful, patient, and full of knowledge in regards to summer school front office procedures. She answered all of my question in detail and always was cheerful. This was my first summer working summer school and we all would not have gotten paid if it wasn't for Jessica guiding me through payroll. Quyana Jessica for all that you do.Laurie Nusbaum, School Secretary Fire Lake Elementary

  • Quyana to Angela Grant at Payroll

    After some back and forth over payroll's email ticket system, there was still some confusion over a needed document. Angela took the time to reach out to get in contact with me. She then made sure I knew how to get the document and even resent it in case it was an email error. Thanks so much, Angela! You are appreciated.Lisa Bunag, Peer

  • Quyana to Cherry Smith at Special Education

    Ms. Cherry Smith is a dedicated Special Education Department Chair that supports Ptarmigan Elementary. This summer alone she has worked supporting students of need to complete testing, and write ESERs and IEPs that will support students as they come back to school. I truly appreciate the dedication she has to her job and how she supports Ptarmigan students and staff.Kelly Ramey, Principal

  • Quyana to Michael Andrews-Alward and Julie Logan at Talent Management - Eagle River/JBER Generalists

    From applicant eligibility to general questions about job requisitions, Michael and Julie have been extremely helpful in answering all of my questions or guiding me in the right direction. If they don't know the answer, they will find the answer. Julie always answers her phone with a cheerful greeting and Michael will answer emails quickly - no matter what time you send an email to him. You are very much appreciated!Margaret Jones, Principal, Aurora Elementary

  • Quyana to Nicholas Sura at Wendler Middle School!

    Mr. Nicholas Sura's passion in teaching math is evident in the way he shares resources with colleagues. I've had the opportunity to teach summer school with Mr. Sura. He is a dedicated teacher who contributes to a positive summer school culture and climate. I enjoy teaching with Mr. Sura and the other teachers in the Summer Learning Program at Hanshew Middle School. Qusos! ~ Hamimah Bjorkman (Retired 06/30/2023)Hamimah Bjorkman, Teacher

  • Quyana to Monnikha Banks (KoKo) at Wendler Middle School!

    I am grateful for having Ms. Banks as my colleague at Wendler Middle School. Ms. Banks is professional, knowledgeable, and dedicated. Her passion and dedication towards the profession makes huge impact on students' behavior and academic performance. Ms. Banks is more than a teacher, she is a role model to her peers and students.Hamimah Bjorkman, Teacher

  • Quyana to Dr. Lakhita Hodge at Hanshew Middle School!

    Quyana to Dr. Hodge and her summer school staff members! This is a team of efficient, professional and collaborative educators. Dr. Hodge creates a professional, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere that leads to a positive summer school culture and climate. I enjoyed teaching the summer school under the leadership of Dr. Hodge. - Hamimah BjorkmanHamimah Bjorkman, Teacher

  • Quyana to Leslie Clark, Elle Gillespie, Tammie Smith-Scott, and Jeremy Bryan at Community Services/Rentals

    A huge thank you to Leslie, Elle, Tammie, and Jeremy for helping 1300 ASD students meet author/illustrator Raina Telgemeier. This amazing team at Community Services & Rentals made organizing a large, three day event at two locations easy. From reserving the venues to providing tech services for our guest speaker, the entire process was well organized and professionally executed. Tammy and Jeremy had everything ready to go at the auditoriums and were great to work with. I couldn't have asked for a better team!Lisa Sam, ASD staff

  • Quyana to Amanda Pelkola at ECE/Volunteer

    Amanda went above and beyond helping our school with all our volunteer forms. We have a field day today and there were alot of last minute submissions that she worked through over the weekend. Your amazing Amanda !!!- Karrie Loffredo, Peer

  • Quyana to Erin Binek at Government Hill Elementary

    I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation for all the collaboration and support you have provided. Your contributions to Government Hill Elementary have been invaluable. The positive impact you made on the teachers and students is evident and greatly appreciated. Without your presence and active involvement in helping our school navigate online resources, staff trainings, and general information gathering, we would not be the same. Your passion for your work shines through, and it is evident in the positive outcomes we see in our students. It is an honor to have worked alongside you and witness the impact you made each day.Once again, thank you. Your contributions are truly appreciated, and the entire team at Government Hill Elementary is going to miss you. Good luck at your new Job!With gratitude,Preston Whited, M.Ed.Special Education Resource TeacherGovernment Hill ElementaryMr. Whited, Colleague

  • Quyana to Maya Dunham at Government Hill Elementary

    I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation for all the collaboration and support you provide. Your contributions to the special education team at Government Hill are invaluable. The positive impact you make on the team and the students is evident and greatly appreciated. Without your presence and active involvement, our school would not be the same. Your passion for your work shines through, and it is evident in the positive outcomes we see in our students. It is an honor to work alongside you and witness the impact you make every day.Once again, thank you, Maya. Your contributions are truly appreciated, and the special education team at Government Hill Elementary is fortunate to have you.With gratitude, Mr. WhitedMr. Whited, Colleague

  • Quyana to Hasaan Herrington, Amanda Foster, Hunter Barger, Mike Fleckenstein, Julia Melson, Jack Johnson, Leslie Clark at Rentals and IT

    This team of excellent people helped us organize an East Anchorage town hall at Chester Valley when the volcanic eruption threatened to interrupt our plans. When asked for help on a Friday afternoon, they stepped up without hesitation. Myself and others are immensely grateful for their help.Senator Bill Wielechowski, State Senator

  • Quyana to Julie Logan at Human Resouces

    Shout out to Julie Logan for doing an exceptional job regarding paperwork and the process. She can multi-task and can do the job efficiently. Thank you for helping all the staff members.Joan A, Community Member

  • Quyana to Dorothy Jacobs and Tania Dennis at Birchwood ABC Elementary

    Thank you to Dorothy Jacobs and Tania Dennis for their flexibility and assistance with the Student Council this year. Their willingness to let students out of class and work within time constraints is deeply appreciated and allows me and the students to do something we enjoy with little stress.Carol Turner, Peer

  • Quyana to Aschtyn White at Turnagain!

    Quyana to Aschtyn White who has provided our school site with exceptional dedication throughout the school year. Ms. Asch serves on our site-based leadership team, coordinates our noon supervision efforts, assists with breakfast and provides intensified instruction to several students as our special education paraprofessional. She continues to build meaningful connections with students, helps students step into their potential, and supports their learning efforts throughout the day. Ms. Asch is willing to step in and lend a helping hand when needed, seeks to learn more about the profession, and emanates a positive demeanor. We are grateful for her time, dedication and caring efforts in our Turnagain learning community.

    Christine Dennis, Supervisor

  • Quyana to Nannette Giroux at Student Nutrition

    Nannette is my coordinator. When I need assistance and call her, she always answers, whether by calling me or emailing me. If she doesn't know the answer, she will find out and let me know. I appreciate having her as my coordinator this year and so do the SN workers here at South.Carol Johns, SN employee

  • Quyana to Emy, Missy, Penny & Payroll Dept at Payroll Department

    Thanks for keeping us paid!! The Payroll Department continually tries to ensure we all get paid correctly and on time. We know that we can always contact these ladies to help answer questions or help correct our timecards! Thanks for keeping us in the green!Tudor Staff, Payroll Recipient

  • Quyana to Lynn Roering at Transportation

    Lynn is ASD's finest juggler! In her position, she constantly has to arrange and rearrange transportation requests for our school district. She performs her job in a professional and supportive manner while trying to ensure all transportation and field trip needs are met. Thanks Lynn for keeping us moving!Gail Patarini, Admin Assistant, Tudor Elem

  • Quyana to Jonathan Munger at Rabbit Creek Elementary

    Gratitude and blessings to Jonathan Munger, Administrative Assistant at Rabbit Creek Elementary. It is with dedication and kindness, Jonathan responds and assistant with many tasks at Rabbit Creek. It is obvious to all that his heart is to be helpful. Given Jonathan's wide range of knowledge and expertise, he often helps in areas outside the "front office". The day goes smoother at Rabbit Creek because of Jonathan Munger.Quyana to Jonathan for his hard work, kindness and care for students, staff and families.Christy Hoffman, Peer

  • Quyana to Bree Dolph at O'Malley Elementary

    Thank you to Ms. Dolph for always staying up to date on grading papers, entering grades into Q, and sending them home in a timely manner. It makes it much easier for me to keep tabs on how my child is performing and to intervene while topics are still fresh. She also provides concrete answers any time I ask for ways that I can help my child improve in a given area.Megan Peltier, Parent

  • Quyana to Sophie Littee at O'Malley Elementary

    Thank you to Mme Littee for keeping her Canvas site updated every day. If my student misses school or needs some extra practice, everything we need is at our fingertips. It's extra helpful for my immersion kiddo to be able to hear French while at home. Also, thanks for the little notes about good behavior that are sent home regularly. It's always nice to hear when your kid is doing well.Megan Peltier, Parent

  • Quyana to Aubrie Davidson at Begich Middle School

    During a busy time of year for all of us, Aubrie went so above and beyond putting together an amazing Mental Health Fair for her students at Begich Middle School. She brought community and district support providers together in one place and got students excited to explore different ways of managing stress, helping them feel empowered! Aubrie's efforts made supports accessible and fun, removing stereotypes and bringing joy to her school community. This was especially powerful considering the challenges and losses the community has faced the last few years. We are all so proud of her and see all the hard work she does for her school community!(please let me know if you'd like photos- she even wrangled a volunteer photographer for the occasion!)Kristen DeYorio, peer/ district employee

  • Quyana to ASD Migrant Ed Team at Migrant Ed

    Thank you for providing opportunities for all my kids to explore, learn, and grow! The programs offered, student success couches, guidance, free books and materials, and more are all so beneficial in the academic growth and success for all those enrolled. The entire Migrant Ed team are fabulous, friendly, and accommodating providing opportunities at all ages! They are passionate about conserving our cultures and recognizing our lifestyles and backgrounds. If you haven't enrolled your child(ren) or see if they qualify- DO! Game changer!Lindsey Shangin, Parent

  • Quyana to Chris Zundel at Bear Valley Elementary!

    Mr. Z is such a solid PE teacher! He's always got a smile on his face and something positive to say to his students and their parents. We feel lucky that our kids are learning how to be healthy and stay healthy from such a caring teacher in an active, fun, and healthy learning environment!Ayme Johnson, Parent

  • Quyana to Joan Haskell at Lake Hood

    Ms. Haskell takes time out her busy days to check on the front office staff to see if we need a break and steps in when support is needed!Elizabeth Tupper-Wilson, Peer

  • Quyana to Julie Hinkle at Chugiak Elementary School

    Julie is our dedicated and enthusiastic health teacher. She also organized our science fair this year and coordinated with community volunteers to participate as judges. Julie has infectious energy and is committed to getting kids excited about health and science! She has a special talent of connecting with people and making each one feel seen, valued, and brilliant. May she know how appreciated she is!!Sharyl Steiding, colleague

  • Quyana to Dawn Fischer-Peters at Mears Middle School Cafeteria Manager

    Dawn has been running the kitchen with no permanent staff, only one wonderful sub. She has kept the kitchen running smoothly while sticking to the menu. She is dedicated with perfect attendance and always showing kindness to the students. Her kitchen is immaculate and she does everything with a little extra love. Thank you for the fantastic job!!!Tanya Krause, Supervisor for Student Nutrition

  • Quyana to Angelina Fleckenstein at Information Technology

    Angelina's expedited and thorough assistance on a data pull, Angelina was able to help capture the complete picture needed using data to assist in creating an informed decision on a project.Thank you for your assistance on this!!!Derrick Kubosh, Supervisor

  • Quyana to Nicholas Houston-MacDonald at Whaley School

    Nicholas had gone that extra mile to keep the school nurse informed about menu changes and the nutritional content of our meals. He recently gave the nurse a printout of all the dietary offerings and their nutritional value. He has saved the nurse a lot of time and effort. Always pleasant when the kids come up for their meals....Thanks, Nick.Nancy Bale, Whaley School Nurse

  • Quyana to Mike Welge at Mirror Lake Middle School!

    Mr. Welge is a fantastic assistant principal. When dealing with student choices and consequences, he remains calm and respectful. He shows a true desire to partner with families to do what's best for kids. I appreciate his sensitivity and compassion when it comes to middle school students.Lisa Bunag, Parent

  • Quyana to Janee Adams at Special Education Itinerate Intervention Coach!

    I could write a book about all the incredible things Janee has done for kids! She has consistently gone above and beyond to support teams by implementing behavior interventions during challenging situations. She has done this while keeping the needs of school team members and students front and center. Janee prioritizes collaboration with myself and school team members to best identify the needs and support of students. Furthermore, she has taken on additional duties with data collection and graphing to lighten the load of school teams. I have been lucky enough to have Janee assist with four of the schools I support and I look forward to working with her more!Kathryn Bakker, Special Education Teacher Expert

  • Quyana to Laura Eastham at Turnagain Elementary

    Laura Eastham is truly at the heart of Turnagain Elementary's community. She organizes or leads many important community building events including Lego League, 6th grade events and fundraisers, STREAM day and Girls on the Run. I love her collaborative nature! She often shares her triumphs and challenges so that we can all do our best for our students and community. She also steps up for many roles beyond her teaching responsibilities. Above all she cares deeply for her students! Quyana, Laura!Linda Stamm, Peer

  • Quyana to Lori Petty at Talent Management

    Lori, thank you for being such a bright and positive presence in the Talent Management office! You are always showing how much you care for your coworkers and all of our current and prospective employees. And you're always smiling! Thank you for being a wonderful role model!Lucy Teaford, Peer

  • Quyana to Hasaan Herrington at IT!

    I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your support of principals, teachers, and students when it comes to Technology and Teaching/Learning. Your commitment to providing the best possible technological solutions for our educational system is truly commendable. I especially appreciate the appreciation and awareness of the delivery of learning for students and the andragogical support of educators.Your dedication to helping our educators and students succeed is invaluable. Your efforts have enabled us to make great strides in the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.Thank you for your hard work and dedication. Your commitment to our educational system is greatly appreciated.Arthur Sosa, Principal

  • Quyana to Thomas Johns at Purchasing

    I am fairly new to my position, every time I have a question regarding purchasing, and reach out to Mr. Johns, he is always extremely helpful and goes out of his way to assist. It is really nice to have such a knowledgeable and supportive contact.Thank you Mr. Johns, you are a GREAT asset to ASD!Elizabeth Tupper-Wilson, Peer

  • Quyana to Karen (Katie) Moss at Bettye Davis East High

    I want to recognize Katie for being an exceptional educator and gatekeeper! At a time when all educators are dealing with SO MUCH and feeling SO OVERWHELMED, she took notice of a significant and important change in a student's behavior and then she reached out for help for that student. Considering all the students that she has to keep track of on a day to day basis, and all the other activity going on in our large and busy school, the fact that she took notice of this important change and then said something really made a difference! It made a life saving difference!! Thank YOU, Katie for all the ways you are WONDERFUL and all the WONDERFUL things you do for your students!!Margaret McDonagh, School Counselor

  • Quyana to Lori Cheek and Anne Paolucci at SpEd Teacher Experts

    These two beautiful women have contributed to really putting time into Mountain View Elementary School Aspiring SpEd Team. They make sure we are receiving our professional development as well as following laws, procedures and guidelines. They have went above and beyond when it comes to the tireless paperwork that is important to accomplish, leading meetings, having hard conversations and just being the awesome mentors that they are. I am eternally grateful to Anne and Lori. I am blessed that they have given us their time and that they have sowed seeds to be to be the best I am going to be when I become official.Rozlyn Grady, Long Term Sub for SpEd Primary

  • Quyana to Mike Teilborg, Kym Dixon, Christy Von Kirchmeyer, Jamie Kragt, Erin Hamilton, Morgan Hooe, Autumn Browning, Emma McMullen, Mary Ahonen, Lisa Gordon, and Greg Eschenlohr at Service High School

    Thank you to these wonderful humans who reside in or frequent Lower G Hall at Service High School! You all have been so supportive this year during some truly difficult times and have done a fabulous job supporting and encouraging many students (and myself) to do their best. It is an honor to work and laugh with this amazing group of people!Lindsey Honemann, Peer

  • Quyana to Rachel Arvelo and Julie Spath at Birchwood ABC Elementary Front Office

    Julie and Rachel are out of this world fantastic! Their support of my Student Council members and me goes far beyond their daily job responsibilities. They mentor students on how to intake funds, manage expense accounts and inventories, create event flyers, aid in parent communication, and much more. Their patience and generosity make Birchwood ABC one of the luckiest schools in the district. As our office support team, they make everyone feel welcome and heard. They are a model of positivity and energy to colleagues, and I hope they know how greatly they are appreciated.Carol Turner, Peer

  • Quyana to Steven Ring at Rabbit Creek Elementary

    Helps volunteer for our after school activities. Student council, craft club, teacher liaison, PTA etc.Amanda Fowler, Parent

  • Quyana to Mrs. Penni Traxler at Rabbit Creek Elementary

    Ms. Traxler has been incredibly kind, supportive and encouraging of our son who is academically gifted. She looks for opportunities to give him challenges and to support his emotional development as well. We appreciate what a team player she is, as well as her compassion and creativity.Martha Tansik, Parent

  • Quyana to Leon Leal at East High School - Security!

    After being unable to locate the BPO and being informed of how icy it was outside near our loading dock, and that one of our co-workers had already slipped and fell, he quickly went and brought us back 2 boxes of ice melt so that we could safely exit the building after work, ensuring that no one would get hurt. it was not specifically his job to do, but a need seen is an assignment given, and he took care of it for us. Thanks so much!stacy ostlund, peer

  • Quyana to Nicole Crosby at Highland Academy Charter School

    Nicole Crosby is a true force of nature! She is always positive, professional, organized, and consistently inspires her colleagues. She goes out of her way to set others up for success, and works tirelessly behind the scenes to provide a safe and productive learning environment.Ms. Crosby has strong relationships with the students at Highland Academy and supports them in meeting their goals. She always remembers to celebrate the good things going on with our students, and builds leadership capacity with them.She truly models the way for everyone who has the pleasure to work with her.Quyana, Ms. Crosby! You are amazing.Amelia Johnson, Supervisor

  • Quyana to Melissa Belt at Airport Heights

    Melissa is an intermediate special education teacher. Melissa works very hard to give her students the best academic experience. She has a way of making her students feel very important and special. She goes above and beyond to meet her student's academic/emotional needs. Melissa is a very talented and gifted teacher.Pamela Martin, peer teacher

  • Quyana to Megan Mucha at Fire Lake Elementary

    Mrs. Mucha does so much for her students. And she has immersed herself into our Student Council. Putting in a lot of time and effort with the kids, helping to make our school a safe and happy place.Laurie Nusbaum, School Secretary

  • Quyana to Sandra Buchwald at Fire Lake Elementary

    Sandy does so much for her students. And she has immersed herself into our Student Council. Putting in a lot of time and effort with the kids, helping to make our school a safe and happy place.Laurie Nusbaum, School Secretary

  • Quyana to Donna Young at Lake Hood Elementary

    When you walk into Ms. Donna’s room there is this amazing, powerful energy that circulates the room. The children are smiling, fully engaged, and the interactions between Ms. Donna and students are always positive and encouraging. Ms. Donna has a very special gift when it comes to her teaching style. She builds a strong rapport with the students not only in her classroom but throughout the school. Children's faces literally light up when they see her coming. They know she genuinely cares about each one of them and makes each one feel valuable. It is such a joy to see how students thrive in her classroom. Ms. Donna is an invaluable asset to the teaching profession and is admired for her enthusiasm, authenticity, hard work and love of her job. We are so PROUD of you!MojoB, Colleage

  • Quyana to Courtney Dresser-Bardwell at ASD Transportation

    Thank you, Courtney, and our amazing transportation team for moving mountains. Your super quick response in getting a bus over to Chinook in regards to a specific student was so helpful. You are amazing and we appreciate your dedication. You make a difference and are appreciated!Chinook Team, Peer

  • Quyana to Kirby Kauffman and Justin Somaduroff at Kirby-West High. Justin- South High

    Justin and Kirby contributed greatly to our combined South, Service and West bands intensive workshop this past weekend. They are always putting students first and without their organization and preparation this event would not have been possible. They are true professionals and our district is fortunate to have them.Christopher Lubken, colleague

  • Quyana to Nina Bingham, Rochele Turner, Tamara Gagnon at Hanshew Middle School!


    Nina, Rochele, and Tamara have been extremely dedicated and hard workers. They serve the families, students, staff, and community every day from our front office at Hanshew with a smile and grace. They are kind, considerate, and professional which is not always returned. We appreciate them and applaud their dedication to ASD and Hanshew Middle School. They are the face of our school and they represent us well! Thank you for all you do for all of us, we appreciate you so much!Lakhita Hodge, supervisor

  • Quyana to Franklin Pinchbeck at Maintenance CP&C (Senior Locksmith)!

    We want to thank Frank for being such an amazing and professional locksmith. Every time we put in a work order for a new key or repair, Frank is always prompt, professional, and courteous. He goes above and beyond to educate us about out school locks and even spent time training our new BPO on the magnetic lock door system. He is such a kind and patient person and we appreciate him at Hanshew Middle School!Lakhita Hodge, Colleague


  • Quyana to Cycelia McMorris, Deborah Badertscher, Crystal Heath, Scott Bauer, Abel Peca-Medlin, Josh Gumlickpuk, Colette Moring, and Kelly Byers at Hanshew Middle School!

    Thank you for an amazing job planning, preparing, and executing Hanshew's first annual career exploration! This committee was instrumental in making the career expo a success! With the support from Corey Allen-Young, Joe Zawodny, and Mayor Dave Bronson, we had over 35 businesses/organizations, including the Municipality of Anchorage departments, and our school business partners to participate and share insights with our middle schoolers about their selected careers fields. In addition, we had former NFL player Nathaniel Rivers and former NBA player Mario Chalmers to talk to students about the academic, behavioral, and athletic grit it takes to be a professional athlete!Lakhita Hodge, Supervisor

  • Quyana to Darcie Sherrick at 21st Century Program

    I want to thank Darcie Sherrick, Administrative Assistant for the 21st century Program. I have had the pleasure of working with Darcie this school year on several occasions as I offer after-school training to 21st Century teachers. She is such a gem; always positive, ready to lend a hand, and gets things done! I recently presented at the 21st Century Symposium for teachers after school and Darcie was incredibly helpful with getting materials ready, room space, set up and anything else I needed. She works above and beyond her work day and goes the extra mile to make the 21st Century Program run smoothly. Thank you Darcie!!!Audrey Drew, Code.org CSF Facilitator

  • Quyana to Wonder Park Staff Secret Santa at Wonder Park

    Through all the trials and tribulations that Wonder Park Elementary staff, students and parents have experienced these last few months, the spirit of the generous community continues to grow within our hallowed halls! With gratitude and heartfelt thanks, we the teachers of Wonder Park wish we knew who our Secret Santa was! This kind soul brightened our day, so that we can continue to do the same for our students!Lisa Johnson, 2nd grade teacher

  • Quyana to Priya Lindeen at Bear Valley Elementary

    Mrs. Lindeen has created an amazing learning environment in her classroom. Her positive energy is contagious! Our son knows that she has his best interest in mind and she has high expectations of him, with layers and layers of support and encouragement.Thanks for everything you do to provide a positive learning community, Mrs. Lindeen!! We feel lucky to be on this journey with you!Jim & Ayme Johnson, Parents

  • Quyana to Shane Noyes at Homestead Elementary

    Mr. Noyes is an exceptional super substitute teacher for Homestead Elementary. He comes in everyday, with a smile, ready to support classrooms. He is truly a team player, going above and beyond for our school. Mr. Noyes helped with snow removal during the snow days by bringing his own snowblower from home, clearing our path to school. We can always count on Mr. Noyes to do what's best for kids, staff, and families at Homestead Elementary.Aimee Kahler, Supervisor

  • Quyana to Haley Hakala at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School - CITC Riding the Waves SEL - Prevention Coordinator

    Haley Hakala engages Alaska Native Cultural Charter School students (5th-8th grades) in rich culturally relevant social emotional learning every week. She has a unique bond and connection with our ANCCS young adults. Haley inspires and teaches students to self-regulate their emotions, work together as a school family, build coping skills, and give back to others using traditional values of respect, caring for others, and "upteq" (getting ready) for life. Haley offers after-school, Native craft opportunities for students and parents, including making jewelry, fur ornaments, and qaspeqs. Haley also focuses on the 8th grade students, helping them prepare for high school with an understanding of who they are, where they come from, and how to be confident, Indigenous students regardless of where they go to high school. Haley is loved and respected by staff and students at ANCCS! Quyana for your passion and dedication to our students and school!Danielle Riha, Middle School Math Teacher - 2019 Alaska State Teacher of the Year - National Finalist

  • Quyana to Erin Leighton and Julia Tantillo at Lake Hood

    Ms. Erin has been such a wonderful and positive addition to our Lake Hood team. She is friendly to everyone and is a wonderfully collaborative colleague. She has embraced many school-wide projects and has shared many of her own amazing ideas. Ms. Erin has a dynamic personality and her students respond positively to set up for success mindset! The students and teachers at Lake Hood are very fortunate to have her as a part of our team!

    Mrs.Tantillo is new to our Lake Hood team, however has blended in seamlessly with her many talents! Mrs. Tantillo is extremely welcoming to everyone and builds positive relationships with staff and with her students. When you walk into her room you can immediately feel the positive energy that comes from her fabulous learning environment. She has been wonderful to collaborate with and really brings out the best in her students. We are so grateful to have her here and to see the inspiring progress she makes with her students.- MojoB, Colleague

  • Quyana to Sandra (Sandy) Roys at College Gate Elementary, Indian Ed. Student Support Specialist

    Sandy is a shining light at our school. She makes it her goal every day to bring a smile to the students and staff around her, and has been a huge support for me as I transitioned to librarian this year. Her words of encouragement and enthusiasm for her job as a student support specialist are inspiring and helpful during the dark Alaskan days. We are so grateful for Sandy!Kelly Anderson, K-6 Librarian

  • Quyana to Afa Ulufanua at Student Services - Bettye Davis East High

    Afa is working hard to provide for our students in his work as a Security Guard. He is our Samoan ambassador and helps with translations and anything we might else need for any student. We thank him for his work! Quyana!Janeen Wilkins, Supervisor

  • Quyana to Tiffiney French at Bear Valley - 1st Grade

    Mrs. French has gone above and beyond in supporting and building a rapport with our son. She is always so positive and has created a cohesive and engaging learning environment. He loves school, his teacher, and his classmates, and this is all because of her positive energy. We are so lucky!Ayme Johnson, Parent

  • Quyana to Lynn Roering at Transportation

    Ms. Roering provided amazing, kind, and thorough collaboration. She also went above and beyond in her support for our school in our most recent need of field trip transportation.Melissa Bassham, AA - Huffman Elementary

  • Quyana to Kasey Callison and Suzie Mauro at Homestead Elementary

    Kasey and Suzie are always going above and beyond for our students, families, and staff. They are both kind, helpful, and make the front office an inviting place for everyone at Homestead Elementary.Aimee Kahler, Principal


    Quyana to Eric Elliott at Government Hill Elementary

    Mr. Elliott is the epitome of a perfect teacher. He does the work of 4 teachers. He teaches a combined class of language immersion 2nd/3rd grade and does it proficiently in both languages - English and Spanish. That is one person covering two grades and two separate languages. Anyone visiting his class or seeing him in the school hallway will instantly notice how much students adore him. Parents love him too, because kids look forward to learning and attending school since he makes it fun for them. He always advocates for what's best for his students. He volunteers by staying after school several days per week to run a chess club for students. Scores of students sign up for it. Recently, there was a mix-up on a chess club sign-up form, and it was accidentally overbooked by dozens of students due to its popularity. Gracias, Mr. Elliott, on behalf of all your students and their parents.Christopher Sis, Parent
  • Quyana to Bernadette McLaughlin, Laura Eastham, and Morgan DuClos at Turnagain Elementary School

    Bernadette McLaughlin is a patient and caring first grade teacher at Turnagain Elementary. She is in her first year serving our students; yet her enthusiasm and dedication to helping students step into their potential has had a positive impact on our learning community. Her calm and consistent demeanor continues to contribute to her success in developing the classroom climate and foster relationships with students. She is a reflective educator that strives to maximize her professional skills and strategies - know we value and appreciate you. Thank you, Ms. McLaughlins for helping our Turnagain Tigers R.O.A.R.!

    Morgan DuClos is an exceptional Migrant Education Student Success Coach, who continues to be an asset to our learning community. She is diligent with her family communication, forming intentional relationships, and supporting students throughout their learning journey. Morgan is that caring adult whom students trust, and go to for support and kind words of encouragement. We are fortunate to have your positive influence on our students. Thank you Ms. Duclos for your continued dedication to our Turnagain Tigers!


    Laura Eastham is a dedicated and innovative sixth grade teacher at Turnagain Elementary. She continues to contribute her time, energy and talents above and beyond. Ms. Eastham focuses on building students’ leadership skills and strong habits of mind. She utilizes hand-on learning projects, infuses technology instruction, and assists students with planning for their futures. Thank you for continuing to provide multiple opportunities for our sixth graders to develop into the strong and confident scholars they are today. You are helping our Turngain Tigers transform into future-forward students, who are preparing themselves for continued and future success. Thank you for making the learning journey a memorable, enjoyable, and meaningful experience!- Christine Dennis, Supervisor

  • Quyana to Julie Sataella at Government Hill Elementary

    I am a weekly volunteer at Government Hill Elementary School, and I am always impressed by Ms. Santaella’s dedication to her staff and students. I notice that she is rarely in her office, but is usually either in the halls greeting or helping students, on the play ground or parking lot interacting with parents and students, or in classrooms supporting teachers and their students. When my youngest grandson started Kindergarten, he was thrilled to get to have lunch with the Principal and felt so special. That’s what she does for all her students, and we are so lucky to have her!Andi Nations, Grandparent and volunteer

  • Quyana to Thomas Johns and David Whiting at Purchasing

    Both David and Thomas came quickly to the rescue helping me with some Business Plus assistance. Thomas had a smile during the entire impromptu training. Both are outstanding and appreciated!Heather Philp, peer

  • Quyana to Julie Santaella at Government Hill Elementary

    I am consistently amazed by how dedicated Principal Santaella is to her job. She is an excellent communicator, providing information through various channels to make sure it reaches students and families effectively. She demonstrates a deep commitment to making Government Hill a wonderful school and community. She works hard to get to know the students. She is always coming up with creative ways to make the school a stronger community. She can often be found outside in the mornings, no matter the weather, making sure students are getting where they need to go safely. For example, this morning she was the crossing guard. I will never forget something she did for one of my kids a few years ago. He forgot his lunch at home and was upset about it. In the midst of everything that was going on in the cafeteria, she somehow saw what was happening with him, invited him to her office to eat his hot lunch with her, and called me to let me know and so I could talk to him. We are so fortunate to have Principal Santaella at Government Hill!Lara Nations, Parent

  • Quyana to Jim Anderson at ASD Ed Center

    Quyana to ASD CFO Jim Anderson for his tireless efforts and sympathizing with so many who are affected by the cost-reductions recommended to the ASD School Board. It is not easy to visit each devastated community who are at-risk of losing their beloved neighborhood school. I saw a man speak passionately to families and community members at the recent Nunaka Valley Town Hall. The District administration should be proud that someone like Jim is (unfortunately) stepping up to be the face of the District's dire fiscal situation.Anonymous, Community member

  • Quyana to Julie Santaella at Principal, Government Hill Elementary

    Principal Santaella does an A+ job keeping parents educated about what is going on at Government Hill Elementary and at ASD. She uses various communication channels and is highly accessible. She regularly responds to parent and student concerns or questions within minutes, even outside of school hours. She recently offered various solutions to something our daughter brought up and let her decide what solution would work best for her. Her caring and responsiveness benefits students and parents and is greatly appreciated.Christopher Sis, Parent

  • Quyana to Carol Tucker at Ptarmigan Elementary School

    Her motherly approach inspires me as a newly hired teacher . She's a fantastic instructional Coach and so willing to help anyone in any aspects. When she asks "Are you okay?" was my fave line from her. Grateful for her kind treatment to everyone in our school.

    Love Joy, peer

  • Quyana to Juselandrea Tajale at Ptarmigan Elementary

    Ms. Tajale or Ms. T. Rea is a patient and caring Resource Teacher at Ptarmigan Elementary. She is in her 2nd year serving our students, but the expertise in the area of behavior that she brought with her, has positively impacted our school culture. Her calm and firm demeanor sets the example for how all staff members should interact with students displaying challenging behavior. She is a team player that works with all staff to ensure the needs of our students are addressed. She is a reflective educator that always wants to be better. Thank you, Ms. T. Rea, for all you do for our students.Kelly Ramey, Principal

  • Quyana to Kelly Ramey at Ptarmigan Elementary School

    Her administration , wonderful supervision and dedication has inspired me to teach kids. She's the best Role Model to all teachers, students and parents. Am grateful because I learned many things I need to know since everything is new to me here in ASD.Love Joy, peer

  • Quyana to Lenna Michener at Ptarmigan Elementary

    Thanks for being an excellent Mentor and for guiding me on the right path. She taught me everything that must be done as Special Education Resource Teacher. It's always inspiring to work with her. Forever grateful having her as my fantastic Mentor.Love Joy Galarpe, peer

  • Quyana to Randi Crouch at Finance Admin Assistant

    Randi is a great asset to the accounting department. Her willingness to help is always appreciated when you have questions about how something is done. She even shares tips and tricks to make some of the processes a bit easier. Thank you for all the help you have given me.Tonya Quiett, Peer

  • Quyana to Lindsay Weingartner at Hanshew

    Our son recently told us during a weekend that he was looking forward to going to school on Monday. When asked why, he said that he loves Ms Weingartner’s class. She is obviously an awesome teacher to make a teen look forward to school!Bill Richardson, Parent

  • Quyana to Lynn Roering at Transportation

    Thank you to Lynn for always having a great attitude and working so well with us with all the changing sports schedules and getting us buses on such short notice.Chelsea Hunt, Peer

  • Quyana to Jamie Hobson at 21st Century Coordinator at Ptarmigan!

    A big “thank you” to Mr. Jamie Hobson, our 21st Century Coordinator at Ptarmigan,for going above and beyond his job description to help out around school during the day. He is often called on numerous times a day to help students’ regular their behavior. He is willing to volunteer to cover in the office, at recess, and even at dismissal when we other staff members are out. We truly appreciate all the ways Mr. Jamie helps our students and staff at Ptarmigan Elementary.Kelly Ramey, Supervisor

  • Quyana to Arleta "Dodi" Malloy at Tudor Elementary

    Quyana to Dodi Malloy at Tudor Elementary. Dodi is our Instructional Coach and Data Guru. Students and staff alike know that they can come to Mrs. Malloy and get assistance with whatever they may need -- from testing, data collection, teaching techniques and more. She patiently works with students when not being called to help with behavior issues or student assessments. Thank you Dodi for your commitment to Tudor Elementary.Gail Patarini, Tudor Staff

  • Quyana to Tiffiny Hatcher at Scenic Park Elementary

    In the fast-paced world of the front desk, Tiffiny Hatcher (Scenic Park) always takes the time to gently and supportively guide me through any hiccup that comes my way! I appreciate her and learn from her in every interaction. Thank you Tiffiny for holding your students, parents, teachers, school and other ASD team members! You are amazing:-)Colleen Morris, peer

  • Quyana to Amy Bonertz at Anchorage STrEaM Academy, Counselor

    Quyana to Amy Bonertz for her amazing skills as school counselor extraordinaire. Amy does way more than most counselors in middle schools. She not only schedules all our students, she also plans all the Social Emotional Lessons for our advisors, counsels students on academic and social issues, runs the Sunshine Committee, directs traffic before and after school, monitors students during school-wide lunches, serves as our 504 coordinator and testing coordinator. All these jobs and she always has a smile and superior attitude of service. Bones is simply amazing! STrEaM is lucky to have her.Sylvia Biondich, peer

  • Quyana to Heidi Frost, a parent at ASD

    Heidi always makes time to help when we have activity within our Indigenous class here at Wendler Middle school. Quyana Caknek from the bottom of my heart for always helping our program be where it is at today.Rosa Luhrs, Student Support Specialist

  • Quyana to Heather Huddleston at Ptarmigan!

    Mrs. Huddleston is a dedicated professional for not only our students that struggle with Speech and Language issues, but also to our staff. She meets weekly with the Ptarmigan Special Education staff to ensure we are meeting students’ needs and properly conducting Special Education meetings. She willingly shares her knowledge with staff and even took on an additional responsibility of mentoring a student intern. She is a Speech and Language Provider that you want your student to have if they are struggling in this area. Thank you Mrs. Huddleston for all you for the Ptarmigan students, families, and staff!Kelly Ramey, Supervisor

  • Quyana to Tessie Canada at Ptarmigan!

    It is almost hard to know here to being outlining what an amazing educator that Mrs. Canada is. She is a dedicated and strong teacher at Ptarmigan Elementary and the students she works with not only make gains but become more independent and begin to see the benefits a strong educational foundation. She communicates with parents and helps them see that together as a team their student can achieve anything. Ptarmigan Elementary is fortunate to have Mrs. Canada on our staff!Kelly Ramey, Supervisor

  • Quyana to Katrina Mulholland at Denali Montessori

    Thank you for your supportive & positive attitude that gives kindergarteners such a wonderful start to their school journeys!Krista Rice, Parent

  • Quyana to Donna Yeates at Fire Lake Elementary/ School Cafeteria Manager

    Donna is a part of our school's Sunshine Commitee. She has taken on the responsibility of providing our Sunshine Snacks for the staff. She does this on her own time and refills and re-stocks drinks and snacks every week. We appreciate all that she does for our students and staff. She is always making sure that everyone is fed! We appreciate you Mrs. Donna! Fire Lake Elementary Sunshine CommitteeLaurie Nusbaum, School Secretary

  • Quyana to Allison Buckley at Chugiak Elementary

    Ali shows up EVERY day with a smile, positive attitude, and ready to give ALL of her 1st graders a chance to shine. She has created an inviting classroom community where her students feel cared for, seen, and inspired to persevere. Ali's sincere joy and passion for teaching creates a wonderful ripple effect amongst colleagues. What an honor it is to work with her!Sharyl Steiding, peer

  • Quyana to Cristina Yambao at Human Resource Department

    Shoutout to Ms. Cristina Yambao for her never-ending support not only for the Filipino community, but also for the ASD community. She always works above and beyond, a great multi-tasker, and made a positive impact on many people. We are lucky to have you!JA, parent

  • Quyana to Andrew Schweistal, Carol Turner and Suzie Spackman at Chugiak ES- Specialist

    Our specialists do so much extra! Thank you for the early morning choirs, planning art contest at a local business, and for organizing the Bicycle Education Program trailer to bring bikes and scooters to kids. This makes happy kids who are proud of their efforts. Thank you.Beth Senchantixay, colleague

  • Quyana to Allison Erickson at Chugiak ES

    Organized an after-school homework club for some of our students who needed it most.Beth Senchantixay, Colleague

  • Quyana to Neal D. at Transportation

    Neal took the time to write a "Good Conduct Report" for one of our students who had excellent behavior on the bus. With the many things on a bus driver's plate, taking the time to acknowledge the positives is greatly appreciated. This allowed our school to be able to celebrate a fabulous young lady!Kristina Peterson, Principal

  • Quyana to Jim Bell, Dave Little, Imtiaz Azzam, Joel Carter, Morgan Hooe, Shanita Randolph at Service High School

    The above-named administrators and security were instrumental in the safety of our school during an active bomb threat received on Wednesday morning. They were faced with many obstacles and unique circumstances but the incident was resolved quickly.During the incident, they communicated with staff in the building immediately with updates to share with our students to keep everyone calm. They were all well-oiled machines that worked seamlessly with APD to secure the building and all students and staff.We are so proud of them.Chelsea Galloway, Shayne Wright, Peer

  • Quyana to Tad Wellman at Counselor, Bartlett High School

    Mr. Wellman has been incredibly supportive for a few things we have needed for my son over the past few years. He always calls back quickly, has bent over backwards to help with class selection, and has helped guide us through forms for a study abroad as well as a military request for Senior Deferment. While he is now no longer my son's counselor, he still took my call and got me to where I needed to go, with documents sent the same day. I don't think people get enough credit for the good things they do, and I just wanted to take a minute to share my appreciation and gratitude.Shannon Jones, Parent

  • Quyana to David Hall at Chinook

    Thank you, David Hall, for all of your hard work and dedication coaching Chinook Cross Country Running Team, Coordinating South ANC Jamboree, and being an amazing emcee at the Jamboree event. You make a difference!Lori Rucksdashel, Principal

  • Quyana to Alyson Giammalva at Ptarmigan

    A big thanks to Mrs. Giammalva, our Librarian, for sharing her gift of literacy by teaching both a Reach for Reading group and a WIN group. Her knowledge and experience is just what our students need to grow academically.Kelly Ramey, Supervisor

  • Quyana to Chris Fortaliza at Rilke Schule German School

    Chris cares about students and works hard to keep our school beautiful, clean and safe. We all notice how carefully he maintains our hallways and stairwells throughout the winter, keeping them safe and dry. We appreciate his attention to detail. Thank you, Chris!Sasha Ringgenberg, Peer

  • Quyana to Brian Rios at Bus Driver

    I would like to thank Brian Rios for doing an amazing job with our kiddos! Brian has made a positive impact with several of my students over the past month. He always has a positive attitude, a smile on his face and is very patient and kind. Thank you Brian!Joni Hedman, Teacher

  • Quyana to Chad Robinson at Maintenance

    This morning has been a but chaotic, Chad has been really patient as we navigated the start of the day and stepped up by making sure staff were able to get into their assigned duty stations. THANK YOU CHAD!!!Elizabeth Tupper-Wilson, Peer

  • Quyana to Joe Balogh at Maintenance-CP&C/Key Shop

    Joe is the first one I call when there is an issue with our employee door fobs at the school. With the recent remodel and new system, there were many glitches in the system. Joe was/is always patient with all of my emails and phone calls. Believe me, there were/are many phone calls and emails! I appreciate you Joe. Thank you.Therese Carroll, Peer

  • Quyana to Paul Harris at Ptarmigan!

    Mr. Paul Harris truly is a team player. As our BPO he does an amazing job cleaning and sanitizing our school. Each task that you ask him to complete he does quickly, completely and with a positive attitude. He is the example of what a BPO should be in all schools!Kelly Ramey, Principal

  • Quyana to Benjamin Bryant, Mike Vander Lugt, Veronica Cosme, Sandra Johnson and Kristen Malaiva at Bus Transportation!

    Quyana to our wonderful ASD bus drivers (Benjamin Bryant, Mike Vander Lugt, Veronica Cosme, Sandra Johnson and Kristen Malaiva) that drove us to Arctic Valley for our annual blueberry field trip in August. They were very friendly with our staff and students! We appreciate all that you do! -ANCCSSheila Sweetsir, Principal

  • Quyana to Sally Laret, Registrar at Eagle River High School

    Sally responded quickly and courteously to a Friday afternoon request for records. At the end of a busy day, she was there, in person, to help staff, parents and students. Thanks for your dedication and efficiency, Sally.Nancy Bale, Whaley/ACT Nurse, ASD Staff

  • Quyana to Matthew Ivacic at SRO at South High

    Thank you for helping me with my car problem. My car would have been stuck at the school if it wasn't for your help. Also, thank you for being kind and keeping our school safe : )Alaina Escobedo, Assistance Cafeteria Manager

  • Quyana to Ron Benton at Ptarmigan Elementary School

    Quyana to Mr. Benton! Thank you for your continued support with HM screeners, ELL support, before and after school support, and just a positive attitude!! You make such a huge difference at Ptarmigan Elementary school.Staff, students and families are so lucky that you chose Ptarmigan Elementary School!Carol Tucker, Peer

  • Quyana to Rick Stone, Ken Colley, John Lewis, Jamaal Siah, Matt Ivacic at South High School

    Rick Stone, Assistant Principal, his security team: Ken Colley, John Lewis, and Jamaal Siah, along with South SRO Matt Ivacic, have made a diligent effort to make sure students arrive at school safely each morning and also depart safely. Every day, despite the conditions, they are out welcoming parents and students to school and it has made a significant difference for our students and families.Luke Almon, Principal

  • Quyana to Tracy Pifer at AK State School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    A heartfelt THANK YOU to Tracy Pifer for her efforts above and beyond to help a new family. Without her assistance, it would have been impossible for us to communicate effectively with our new family. Her care and energy resulted in a beautiful introduction and connection with our school, for our student and her parents.Colleen Morris, peer
  • Quyana to Andy Ratliff at Accounting Dept!

    Andy Ratliff is an outstanding asset to the Anchorage School District. He always answers questions and helps to train and generally assist us in a very time efficient and clear manner. He is consistently kind and considerate. Andy makes the complicated subject of how ASD accounting operates almost enjoyable for the non-accounting focused employees. We would not know as much or understand nearly as much without his constant help and guidance. Thanks for being amazing, Andy!Sylvia Field Biondich, Peer

  • Quyana to Chad Garner at Ptarmigan Elementary School!

    Thank you Mr. Garner for your support in getting curriculum out to teachers. I appreciate your willingness to jump in to help organize and count materials. I am looking forward to a great school year!Carol Tucker, Peer

  • Quyana to Katherine Greene and the IT team at IT Team

    The team helped us run a successful offsite registration that ran seamlessly due to their support!Jessie Nesset, Principal

  • Quyana to Curtis Bushey at IT!

    Curtis came to my new location, set up my computer, added all the extra apps (I am now using a Mac). Curtis was very patient and kind as he taught me how to access things. Curtis was amazing! ASD is very blessed to have such a wonderful addition to our team!Elizabeth Tupper-Wilson, Peer

  • Quyana to Jeremy Henry at Muldoon Elementary BPO

    Quyana to Mr. Jeremy, who has jumped in to his new BPO role and never stopped running. He is quick, helpful, and friendly, but most of all enjoys interacting with students, even reminding them to eat healthy and make safe choices. He has gone above and beyond his job description to connect with students and make them proud of the work they are doing and their school. Quyana for your patience and enthusiasm - the kids and staff notice and appreciate you.Bethany Zimpelman, School RN

  • Quyana to Lisa Bunag at Alpenglow Elementary!

    Lisa Bunag became our Building Administrator at the end of April this year due to an unforeseen crisis. She performed extraordinary service for the entire school and staff during that time. She not only fulfilled the role of Principal, but also continued to carry out her assigned responsibilities as our school Librarian and Building Tech Coordinator. Her compassionate care for the children, teachers, staff, and community was exemplary. We felt supported and knew we were in good hands through a particularly busy and stressful time of year.Krista Petersen and Therese Carroll, Registrar and Admin Assistant

  • Quyana to Doreen Joyner at Lake Hood Elementary

    Ms. Doreen has been our ray of sunshine throughout the past 2 years. She's always smiling, greeting staff, students and families. She takes extra tasks in her stride, completing her role flawlessly. She is a gemTrudy Hoyt, peer

  • Quyana to Jeff Rowland at BPO Chugiak

    Jeff is a rather new edition here at Chugiak Elementary. In his short time he has already made a positive impact on students, teachers and our community. His kind and friendly attitude permeates through all his work. He consistently goes above and beyond to support all us here at Chugiak. We are so fortunate to have him on our team!Julie Hinkle, teacher

  • Quyana to Dustun Blevins & the Warehouse Team at Warehouse!

    Dustun Blevins and the team at the Warehouse have worked very hard this year to make sure that equipment is moved around the district in a timely and efficient fashion. Dustun's communication has been very clear and the truck drivers have been punctual, helpful and efficient. They are some of the "unsung heroes" of ASD!Philip Walters, Gruening MS band teacher