Category: People

Greetings! My name is Natali Jones. I spent the summer in Oregon, but am very happy to be back home in Homer. I enjoy hiking, exploring outdoors and most things chocolate.

I graduated last spring from UAF with a MA ED in Counseling K-8. I am currently working as a 7-12 itinerant guidance counselor, which doubles as my internship experience to become 9-12 certified this spring. I am very excited to work with and learn from a variety of Alaskan communities. I plan to implement a comprehensive guidance program, which includes classroom lessons. I believe this course will assist me in being successful in the classroom.


That’s Yupik for “Hello!” My name is Corey Cejka, and I teach high school Language Arts in Togiak, which in located in southwestern rural Alaska. I’ve lived out here for a year, and I really love it. Out here, my teaching philosophy is akin to a parenting philosophy. I feed my students, discipline them, make sure they get to bed and school on time, and my classroom is a complete safe zone – many of my students take refuge in my classroom to get away from bad days, arguments, and even the (unfortunate) occasional inebriated parent.

As for my outdoor hobbies, I enjoy riding my fourwheeler, camping, fishing, hunting (rifle and bow), and precision rifle shooting. Indoors, I am an avid reader and puzzler. My husband and I have a dog named Bear, and we’re getting another puppy pretty soon! I’m interested in most subjects – I love literature, art, science, history, feminism, gender studies, social justice, and pop culture.

My husband works right across the hall from me as the art and shop teacher for the high school.

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I am so happy to be back in 8th grade! I taught 8th grade math and science my first 5 years and have been teaching high school for the last 7 years. This year I return to my teaching roots and am loving it!

I was born in Fairbanks and although I’ve been in and out several times, I’ve been home for 13 years and it looks like I’m going to stay this time. Most of my non-teaching time is spent either playing and walking my dog, Sport, or working on my little house.

I look forward to sharing and learning with all of you!


Hello everyone. I live in Fairbanks, Alaska; I have been here since 2005. I lived in Bethel, Alaska from 2003-2005. I have worked in elementary school, colleges, and high schools as a librarian and curriculum developer. Like Ute, I have worked at the Geophysical Institute! I am looking forward to gaining some new skills and sharing my own techniques. Happy learning!



I was born and raised in Germany, came with a teacher exchange program to the US, Brownsville, TX,   in 1994, and moved to Alaska in 2008.
My areas of expertise are mathematics and science education (physics, geosciences), program evaluation, and educational technology. I worked as teacher, principal, curriculum specialist in Germany, GB, NZ. My doctoral degree is from the University of Houston. I am married and have two boys (28, 14). My hobbies include digital photography, flying small airplanes, and travel (I am bi-Polar:)). My goal for this class is to guide and inspire so you can make progress toward creating dafe and creative learning environments for your students. Submit class work  timely and in good quality, read,  participate , share  your thoughts and ideas on our blog site, and you will be successful.  Papers are graded by content and not by length.
If you like to learn more about me…. google my name:).
Welcome to our class.