Dillingham P.E. teacher selected as a finalist for Alaska "Teacher of the Year"

Oct 28, 2015

A longtime first grade teacher, now gym teacher Teresa Duncan is one of three finalists for the state's highest annual teacher recognition. 

Duncan has made a tradition of playing music in the Elementary School foyer on Friday mornings as students sing and dance along.
Credit Hannah Colton/KDLG

The Elementary gym teacher in Dillingham, Teresa Duncan, is one of three finalists for the state’s Teacher of the Year award.

Elementary School Principal Nick Schollmeier says Duncan is excelling as a P.E. teacher after many years in the first grade classroom.

"She’s really incorporated a lot of different aspects of P.E. It’s not just dodgeball and kickball anymore," says Schollmeier. "She’s incorporated things like yoga and dance. She’s kinda got the kids tricked into doing dance, and they don’t even realize… It’s fun to see."

"I think it’s really exciting for her - she’s been a teacher for a while, and to make this next step... I think she’s got a great shot at being Teacher of the Year," he said. 

Duncan will be in Anchorage Thursday, making a presentation about her career and accomplishments before a committee.  This year’s recipient will be announced at a banquet in Anchorage on November 8th. 

Dillingham Elementary teachers have claimed the award in three of the last twenty years – Denise Lisac in 2014, Ina Bouker in 2007, and Marilyn Rosene in 2000. Prior to that, Dillingham Elementary's K. Janie Hill received the award in 1991, and Perry Adkinson from DHS had the distinction in 1985.