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In January 2012, with financial support from ConocoPhillips, Future Educators of Alaska inaugurated a Digital Storytelling Series focused on Alaska Native educators. The series aimed to gain insight into the value and worth of being an educator by interviewing Alaska Native educators and Elders in the Far North. Two districts were selected — the Bering Strait School District and the North Slope Borough School District — and after discussions with FEA Coordinators and Superintendents six sites were invited to participate.

The six FEA Clubs then worked with Lead Teaching Artist, Katie Basile, and Technology Specialists Patrick Cutler, Linda Frink and Erin Kavanaugh, to create digital stories featuring local Alaska Native educators and Elders.

FEA Digital Stories —

Follow the links below to final versions of digital stories from FEA clubs around Alaska...

We would like to thank and recognize each of the clubs that created stories:


"Frances Jackson: Glenallen Elementary First Grade Teacher" — Maata Finau, Samantha Farmer, Christina LeBlanc, Sage Wilson


"Auntie Ime's NYO Balls" — Kelley Woods, Shawn Gardiner


"An Inspiration of an Alaskan Teacher" — Deanna Hunt, Jacinta Matthias, Patricia Uisok


"Carrie Pleasant" — Mace Guest, Larissa Strunk, Sydney Cleveland, Tucker Williams, Robby Strunk


"Balancing Culture and Western Education" — Nicole Christian, Anthony Wiehl, Shelby Fisher-Salmon

Each of the gracious interviewees shared stories of both traditional and contemporary education, along with their experiences in the classroom, as educators and students.

We encourage you to explore the rich world of digital media and storytelling. More importantly we encourage you to initiate a dialogue between FEA students and the Elders and educators in your community. It is through these stories and the sharing of experiences that we will reach our goal of inspiring Alaskan youth to pursue careers in education.

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