I invited three Elders to talk with you about education – to share advice for new teachers.
Selina Everson (left) fights for Tlingit language and culture preservation. She grew up speaking Tlingit. It was her first language. At school, she was told to speak only English. Ms. Everson broke that rule and courageously spoke Tlingit anyway. Ms. Everson remains a champion for her culture as a Tlingit language teacher. She’s known as “Grandma Selina” by hundreds of children at the school where she teaches. More
Linda Belarde (center) is a life-long educator. Most recently, she worked for Sealaska Heritage Institute as a Tlingit Curriculum Specialist. She is passionate about preserving the Tlingít language and culture having created many language resources and developing culutrally relevant curriculum for use in public schools. More
David Katzeek (Kingeistí) is most known for his years of service and leadership in the Tlingit community and as a clan leader for the Eagle Moiety, Shangukeidí Clan of Klukwan. Katzeek is a Chilkat Eagle Tlingit of the Shangukeidí Clan from the Thunderbird House, the House Lowered by the Sun, and the Tree Bark House in Chilkat Kwáan Klukwan, Alaska, after his mother Anna Klanott Katzeek (1925-2011).
Mr. Katzeek has worked in business and finance prior to becoming the first president of Sealaska Heritige Foundation (now Insititute) from 1982-1992. Since that time Katzeek has been a financial and cultural consultant. He has been a consultant to numerous Tlingit organizations, such as the Sealaska Heritage Institute and Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. He has also served on the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Council of Traditional Scholars for nearly two decades. He has devoted much of his time in the past decade to education, especially within the K-12 education system in the Juneau School District. More
Task: Write a blog post that responds explains:
- What advice did you hear that resonated with you?
- What implications might this have for you as a teacher?