Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Five teachers were named as finalists for the 2019 Alaska Teacher of the Year.
The finalists include Jacob Bera, Eagle River High School; E. Ingrid Cumberlidge, Sand Point School; Steve Hall, Houston High School; Chohla Moll, Mt. Edgecumbe High School; and Danielle Riha, Alaska Native Cultural Charter School.
Ms. Moll has taught high school science for 13 years. She is noted for a hands-on, place-based, culturally connected experiences for her students. She became a teacher to share her enthusiasm about the world of science with others.
Mr. Bera has taught for the Anchorage School District for 15 years. He serves as the Fine Arts Department Chair at Eagle River High. Ms. Cumberlidge has over 20 years experience in the Aleutians East Borough School District. Hall is a 21 year professional of advanced placement Chemistry. Ms. Rhia helped develop curriculum at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage.
A committee composed of the 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year and members of the major Alaska educational associations will interview the finalists and made a recommendation to the Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson.