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BP announces 2018 Alaska Teachers of Excellence

Release date:
May 8, 2018
Outstanding Alaska teachers celebrated for excellence in education
Winners of the Alaska Teachers of Excellence 2018
More winners of the Alaska Teachers of Excellence 2018
Winners of the Alaska Teachers of Excellence 2018
More winners of the Alaska Teachers of Excellence 2018

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.


BP Teachers of Excellence winners 



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
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
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
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
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

For the complete list of winners across the state at BP Teachers of Excellence.

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.