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Award Notification: Valerie Baalerud (AK '17)
Eagle River High School
Surprise, Valerie Baalerud—You're AK's Milken Educator!
It's a big day at Eagle River High School: Alaska Education Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson is visiting to commend students and staff on creating a warm and nurturing learning community, and the room is filled with visiting dignitaries. But there's another reason to celebrate. Watch as Dr. Johnson, a 2008 Milken Educator, and Dr. Gary Stark (AR '01), CEO of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, name social studies teacher Valerie Baalerud the winner of Alaska's 2017-18 Milken Educator Award—the surprise of a lifetime for the outstanding teacher.