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Douglas Penn (AK '00)

Districtwide Principal

Chugach School District
Anchorage, AK

At the time of the Award, Douglas Penn was:

Whittier Community School
Whittier, AK

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

As head teacher at the 30-student Whittier Community School in Whittier, Douglas Penn frequently links his standards-based, thematic units with the real world. His fish hatchery project gives students hands-on experience with nature as they hatch and raise salmon to be released into a local river. Mr. Penn co-wrote and received a grant for an environmental impact study on Prince William Sound and coordinates the local Youth Area Watch Program, which assists with the restoration of the Sound. An experienced world traveler, Mr. Penn often takes students on field trips to places as remote as Europe. He was recently selected as one of two Alaska teachers for a project to retrace the steps of the historical Harriman Expedition of 1899.

Additional Information


1989 University of California - Santa Barbara, B.A.