UnHuh, UnHuh

This entry was posted by on Tuesday, 4 April, 2006 at

I added a new catagory to the site, Year of Yup’ik, to go along with posts of the planning for Alaska, as well as the actual year we will be up there.

To make a long story slightly shorter, brandus interviewed at the large teaching hiring fair up here at the University of Northern Colorado. He interviewed with about fourteen districts, including one in Florida, one in Virgina, and the Lower Yukon School District in Alaska.

The pay is very good, and the chance to live in Alaska for a year, in a town of mostly Yup’ik peoples was too exciting to pass up.

And then, as they were drawing up his contract, they asked about family. He mentioned I was a sped, and they offered me a job on the spot, without ever having met me other than over the phone.

I went in to talk to them, brandus and i discussed it, and with the money and the opportunity, we decided to go.

We will be living in the town of Kotlik, Alaska, which has about 200 students. About 15 of those are kids with special needs, so I have a very small caseload.

Im nervous about going back to teaching, but this will be completely different from anything else Ive ever done.

We’re both really excited, and we have so much to do before we leave in August.

Plans and budgeting and concerns will be posted throughout in the planning stages. After that, I would like to keep a really good record of the experience.

Feel free to ask anything that occurs to you, and I will try to answer. Right now, we have about fifteen questions that we will be emailing off to our principal soon, so anything that i havent considered would be appreciated.

Further details forthcoming.

7 Comments to UnHuh, UnHuh

  1. shan says:

    April 4th, 2006 at 12:42 pm

    I promise I will be supportive tomorrow.

    DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE THERE? UNDER A THOUSAND, UNDER 700!

    ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THIS?

    IT IS AN ICY WASTELAND!

    again, I promise to be supportive tomorrow.

    IT IS 13 DEGREES THERE RIGHT NOW, ITS 70 HERE!

  2. Kara says:

    April 4th, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    Do they need any community college teachers?

  3. shan says:

    April 4th, 2006 at 1:56 pm

    oh, by the way, Love ya bunches :)

  4. Elizabeth says:

    April 14th, 2006 at 8:46 pm

    Hey, my name is Elizabeth and I’m the counselor in Kotlik. Emily pointed me your way from the comment you left on her livejournal. It is cold and it is small, but I don’t regret coming here. I’m from Seattle/Tacoma and I’d never lived any place smaller than 100,000 so it’s not like I was prepared either. If you have questions, you can e-mail me. It’s alitria at yahoo.com.

  5. Aberdeen says:

    April 14th, 2006 at 9:13 pm

    Hi, I’m Emily (Aberdeen on LJ and various other places). This was my fourth year in Kotlik and I continue to love it.
    It is not an icy wastland. I promise. It is cold, but it’s not really /that/ cold, just cold for longer. It’s small, and isolated, and winter lasts a long long time, but it is an adventure, and it is an opportunity.

  6. Louise says:

    April 15th, 2006 at 4:51 pm

    I am so excited for you! Several people I know have done this and they honestly said it was the best time of their lives. Plus, you know, the money? Student loans GONE in one year.

  7. Stina says:

    April 18th, 2006 at 3:24 pm

    First of all, HI! I too am thinking (again) about jumping into teaching, but here in sunny Florida! If you and Mr. Man end up in Alaska, remember to travel and take lots of photos, I hear it is beautiful.