BP announces 2018 Alaska Teachers of Excellence

Release date: May 8, 2018

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Outstanding Alaska teachers celebrated for excellence in education

ANCHORAGE– BP once again will honor a select group of teachers from across Alaska for their exceptional performance in the classroom, dedication to students and contribution to the state’s future. This year the BP Teachers of Excellence program will recognize 29 Alaska teachers statewide.

“BP is honored to continue supporting this great program and celebrating teachers who represent the best of our state,” said BP Alaska Regional President Janet Weiss. “It’s part of BP’s ongoing commitment to the communities where we live and work and to the future of Alaska.”

Now in its 23rd year, the BP Teachers of Excellence program honors K-12 teachers from all school districts statewide, including public and private schools. In 2018, the program attracted more than 1,000 nominations for both teachers and the newly added BP Educational Allies award, recognizing additional unsung heroes in Alaska’s schools.

Since the program’s inception in 1995, BP has recognized 750 teachers. Winning teachers receive a $500 gift card and a $500 matching grant to their school.

The BP Teachers of Excellence winners are: 

Anchorage School District

Lea Bouton AJ Dimond High School
Kristopher Hinrichsen Chinook Elementary School
Alison McCarrey Romig Middle School
Matthew Prnka Eagle River High School
Kellie Puff Martin Luther King Jr. King Career Center
Gerald Ramos College Gate Elementary School
Leola Rutherford Rogers Park Elementary
Lem Wheeles AJ Dimond High School

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Jennifer Booz Homer Middle School
Will Chervenak Soldotna Prep School
Carlyn Nichols Seward Middle School
Robanne Stading Nikolaevsk School
Staci Wells Redoubt Elementary

Other Alaska School Districts

Debra Mary Buchanan Adams Cordova Jr. Sr. High School
Andrew Berkoski Dillingham Elementary School
Jens Jacobsen Nenana City Public School
Chohla Moll Mt. Edgecumbe High School

Fairbanks North Star School District

Benedict Cabasal West Valley High School
Stacy Foshee Barnette Magnet School
Bruce Hanson North Pole High School
Julie McHenry North Pole Elementary School
Ashley Savage North Pole High School
Kelly Thrun Joy Elementary School

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

Kristy Hales Larson Elementary School
Robert McLain Jr. Butte Elementary School
Michael Danz Birchtree Charter School
Brian Mead Colony High School
Valerie Rozzi Sherrod Elementary School

For the complete list of winners across the state visit: bpteachers.com.

About BP in Alaska:

Alaska is one of the nation’s five largest oil producing states. BP operates the Prudhoe Bay oilfield, which produces more than 50 percent of oil production in the state. In Alaska BP employs 1,600 people and supports more than 10,000 Alaska jobs through its business activities. Annually BP contributes more than $3 million to education and community organizations in Alaska.

About BP:

BP is a global producer of oil and gas with operations in over 70 countries. BP has a larger economic footprint in the U.S. than in any other nation, and it has invested more than $100 billion here since 2005. BP employs about 14,000 people across the U.S. and supports more than 106,000 additional jobs through all its business activities. For more information on BP in America, visit www.bp.com/us.