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Jody Solmonson (AK '98)

Teacher

Bear Valley Elementary School
Anchorage, AK

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 5

At the time of the Award, Jody Solmonson was:

Teacher
Bear Valley Elementary School
Anchorage, AK

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 5


Biographical Information

Fifth-grade teacher Jody Solmonson of Bear Valley Elementary School in Anchorage was the district's first teacher to earn National Board Certification. Over the years, Mrs. Solmonson has devised a comprehensive learning system that merges basic skills and the study of classics with new pedagogical practices. The reading list, which includes Shakespeare's plays and historical works, complements a social studies curriculum that spans Western civilization. Individualized writing instruction holds each child to high standards, and she teaches for understanding with her hands-on science and math programs. Independent and group projects help students develop self-management and team skills, and foster a love of learning. Mrs. Solmonson also mentors beginning teachers, and conducts professional training.



Additional Information

Degrees/Certifications

1978 University of Arizona, B.A.


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