Teachers for the Arctic

Teachers for the Arctic is a teacher preparation program at Iḷisaġvik, for early childhood education, elementary education or secondary education. Students interested in a teaching career should enroll in the Associate of Arts degree (AA) program at Iḷisaġvik College and, following successful completion of the degree, transfer to participating colleges such as the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Alaska Anchorage or Alaska Pacific University, to obtain a baccalaureate degree in education. The AA degree at Iḷisaġvik provides the first two years of study for these degrees. Participants will also have an opportunity to take Distance Delivery classes from these universities if they choose to work and stay with their family. The Teachers for the Arctic program will support them in all these efforts.

Today, there are only a handful of certified teachers who are Iñupiaq people or who have grown up on the North Slope. The Teachers for the Arctic program has been established to try to reverse this trend. Schools in this region are in dire need of Iñupiaq teachers to serve as role models for the youth of this region. The Teachers for the Arctic program would like to encourage those who may be interested in teaching in North Slope Borough schools to contact the program coordinator and enroll in the AA program at Iḷisaġvik. Teaching can be such a gratifying profession and helping young people learn and achieve their goals provides substantial satisfaction. In addition to this personal satisfaction, teaching careers also offer good benefits and summers off for subsistence hunting. Anyone interested in entering this program will need to be dedicated, caring and committed to making a difference in the lives of youth. The program seeks to enroll enthusiastic learners who will be able to become role models for their communities.

Become a teacher for the future. Become a Teacher for the Arctic.

Contact Martha Stackhouse at 852.6704 or email: martha.stackhouse@ilisagvik.cc