2015 Emma Walton Distinguished Service Award Goes to

Pamela Randles of Haines


To inspire, promote and support excellence in

science education.


Advocate science literacy for all Alaskans.
Promote the exchange of information about science and science education among researchers, scientists, institutions, public leaders and science teachers.
Recognize indigenous knowledge and diverse ways of knowing about science and the natural world.
Encourage the development of a skilled and knowledgeable work force in science related careers.


     Pamela Randles of Haines, Alaska, is a veteran science teacher of 34 years. She has taught public school students in Anvik, Talkeetna and in Haines, and mentored teachers in remote villages of Alaska as well as in Asia and the Middle East. Pam’s strongest interests are in understanding the natural world and solving problems through applying that knowledge, in particular, seeking solutions which promote sustainability.

     Her energy, broad content background, and insistence on hands-on experiences are well known in her community and among colleagues across the state and in the Peace Corps. Pam was among the co-founders of the Alaska Science Consortium, an instructor in “Teachers for Alaska,” a trainer for the GLOBE program which links students and their local data with others around the world, and until recently was the director of education for the Takshanuk Watershed Council. Pam’s philosophy is that science teaching should “recreate the situation that the discovery was born from and trust in the laws of nature. Our job,” she adds, “is to provide excitement and fun, then just try to keep it from being pandemonium.”

     Pam carried this philosophy to a mentoring job in Qatar where teachers were being compelled to shift away from textbooks as well as develop rigorous science lessons in English. Though this meant living in a very different culture, once again Pam experienced the universal joy of helping others achieve.

For more information on the history of the Emma Walton Distinguished Service Award

go to Awards and Grants Page

Message from ASTA President

Welcome Back! 

The 2015-2016 year has many wonderful opportunities on the horizon. Our mission is to be a voice for quality science education in Alaska, empowering teachers and promoting student achievement. Our goal as an organization is to provide educators with a forum to discuss science and pedagogy. We are here to serve our members and to help  network with other educators throughout the state. There are many ways for you to help promote our association and continue to bring Science into the forefront of the minds of community members and state stakeholders. 

I challenge each of you this upcoming year to invite a colleague to become a member of our association so we build a strong advocacy group for Science Education in Alaska.

Ways to be involved

Alaska Math & Science Conference: Sitka Oct. 23-26
Help develop science curriculum for your district
Promote collaboration between the teachers of science and the teachers of other disciplines
Join SOS (Science in our Schools) group
Pursue various PD opportunities in your districts

Thank you and have a wonderful year!

Sincerely, Michelle Daml,
ASTA President

2015 Alaska Math & Science Conference was a great success! See you in Fairbanks in 2017!

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