Alaska Science Teachers Association


As announced on June 25, 2018

Ms Woolrich earns the award for Science for 2016.

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HEATHER WOLLRICH of Anchorage School District

She says:

The incredible honor of the Presidential Award not only recognizes my work as an educator, but also those who have influenced me as a teacher. This honor is shared with my family, colleagues, and mentors who have encouraged and supported me in my work. This award also honors my students who have taught me so much about the trust and excitement that each day’s learning experiences can bring. Their enthusiasm, frustrations, and accomplishments encourage me to excel each day.

Ms. Kueter earns the award for Mathematics for 2016.

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Anchorage School District

She says:

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching demonstrates that I am making a difference. It confirms that my hands-on, student-based way of teaching mathematics is effective and respected in the teaching community. Being a PAEMST winner opens new doors of opportunity for professional growth. I can connect with educators who strive to improve education allowing me to be a more effective teacher. I will make a difference in my classroom, community, state and country.


For more information on how to apply for the PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHING or nominate someone else, go to PAEMST or contact Joey Jigliotti for science or Sandy Schoff for math. The 2018 nomination period has passed. The 2019 nomination period is for secondary teachers, grades 7-12, and will open this fall. The process of applying is itself professional development in its purest form, away from the oversight of administrators or actual instructors. It is a time for self-reflection and celebrating your intrinsic gifts as a teacher. Keep science and math education moving forward and in the news!


Reno, NV Oct. 11-13

"Elevating Science: Digging Deeper

3 Strands

Developing Persistence, the Power of Experience

Advancing Three-Dimensional Classroom Culture

Cultivating Constructive Partnerships


National Harbor, MD November 15-17

"Science Education: A National Priority"

3 Strands

Monumental Challenge: STEM Equity, Diversity,

and Advocacy via NGSS

Freedom to Become Scientifically Literate

Cultivating Curiosity in the Capital Region


Charlotte, NC Nov. 29-Dec. 1

"Energize Science: Educate and Engage"

3 Strands

Illuminate Literacy Through Science

Amp Up Science Instruction

High-Voltage Science Strategies Beyond Standards



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.

Summer Student Opportunities

Student Competitions

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Professional Development

Professional development in Alaska

Elementary Engineering

Engineering is Elementary developed by the Museum of Boston

City Technology K-5 Designers of the Future provided by City College of New York

Design it! NPASS2 National Partnerships for Afterschool science

Message from ASTA President

Wow! What an amazing cross-content conference. Thank you to the conference committee and everyone involved for such a transformative professional development experience. Anchorage will have big shoes to fill in 2019!

As we go through the holidays and into the new year there are exciting times ahead for STEM education in Alaska. Commissioner Johnson announced at the conference that DEED will begin a review of state science standards, most probably in January. This will be a busy time for ASTA as we advocate for the science education of ALL Alaskan students and ensure that not only are all student receiving rigorous and performance based science education, but also in a culturally responsive way.  

As educators in and around the classroom, we know what is best for our students and need to make this known at the state level.  Please stay tuned for opportunities to get involved.

I hope everyone is having a good school year. As usual, we are feeling the effects of decisions often made without our input, but I have the utmost confidence that Alaskan educators continue to do what is best for all Alaskan students day in and day out and know we can continue to be a force for positive science education reform.

Please do not hesitate to contact ASTA with questions or concerns.


Ben Walker


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