Board of Directors
AINE seeks two new board of directors members to serve on the full board working together to further the mission of AINE to advocate and promote Alaska Native educational issues for our Interior region and across the state. AINE Board of Directors meets monthly except during the summer.
You must submit a short paragraph of your educational background to nominate yourself, and if you are interested in serving as a board member and would like information on board member job description, please email Nicole James, office manager, at: email@example.com.
In the short summary tell us briefly about yourself including your: informal or formal traditional and/or post-secondary education; current or former educational certifications; length of years as an educator and what has motivated you to work with learners. Educators include educational administrators, state-certified teachers, university-level professors, students pursuing their education degree, para-professionals, and cultural experts who share or teach our knowledge and cultural practices.
Deadline to submit your nomination summary is April 29, 2022. Please submit your summary to the email address above.
I retired from teaching in May 2016. I taught primarily English and social studies for grades
6-12, along with other subjects, at Walter Northway School. I've counseled in Northway and
for small schools in the district.
I have experience being on a regional school board, local school board, JOM and Indian Education committees, local and state library boards, Doyon Foundation, and tribal court. I continue to advocate for improved teaching practices in village schools and students being successful.
I enjoy being retired by doing what I want to do when I want to, though it feels like I have more to do!
---- Rebecca Gallen
My name is Mary Walker. I am the daughter of the late David G. Walker and Lillian Walker of Anchorage. My paternal grandparents were the late Mary Demoski Walker (Nulato) and James Walker (Tanana). My maternal grandparents were the late Katherine Bradley Labelle (Unalakleet) and Fred Labelle (Buffalo, NY). I have one son, Fred Walker.
I spend my free time playing rhythm guitar and singing at different venues. I love to fish for salmon in the South-central areas. I have been retired from the State of Alaska after working as an elementary teacher as well as an administrator for 22 years. I taught middle school in Holy Cross for the majority of those years for the Iditarod Area School District (IASD). I've worked for Kashunamuit and Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD). I reside in Anchorage where I can be seen visiting my mom on almost a daily basis.
I have been involved with AINE for many years serving in various capacities as a member and a board member. This organization has gone through many changes over the years and continues to evolve. AINE needs more members from our communities...in particular teachers who are active in the profession. Please consider stepping up and becoming a member or board member. Your voice and participation are needed.
---- Mary Walker
My name is Josie Dayton. I was born in Huslia and raised in Koyukuk. I am Athabascan Indian. My parents are Benedict and Eliza Jones. I was a teacher aide for 15 years at Ella B. Vernetti School in Koyukuk. I returned back to school and graduated with a teaching degree in 2000. I taught in Koyukuk for 15 years until I retired in 2015. I have held the principal/teacher position at one time in my career. The positions I now hold is secretary/treasury with Koyukuk Tribal Council and tribal judge for the Koyukuk Tribal Court. I really enjoy living my subsistence lifestyle and traveling with my family.
---- Josie Dayton
I am an Alaskan Native born and raised in the village of Nulato, which is in the Interior, 350 miles, west of Fairbanks. I live in Koyukuk for most of my life. I worked as a teacher aide for 14 years before pursuing a degree in teaching. After two and half grueling years, summer and all, I graduated from the University of Alaska. I began teaching for Yukon Koyukuk School District in Allakaket. I have taught in Koyukuk, Nulato, Kaltag, and Fairbanks, until I retired last year. I now work as the secretary in Ella B. Vernetti School, plus lunch cook. I am the Mayor of our City of Koyukuk.
---- Marie Dayton
Judy (Ekada) was born and raised in Nulato. I'm currently teaching grades K-3 in the village of Kaltag. I have experience serving on Nulato Tribal Council and I have also held a position as a tribal judge. I've had the privilege of teaching in my hometown Nulato and the beautiful village of Koyukuk.
---- Judy (Ekada) Madros