Teacher/Coach for Spelling Bee (Current Employee) – Nightmute, AK – November 17, 2018
On a typical day, I would have to endure the cold on a daily basis and from this I've learned that if could work here, then I could work almost anywhere in these US. I worked with a Site Administrator who was easy to get along with who knew the logistics of the job inside and out but she really couldn't be trusted with your personal business. The hardest part of the job was traveling because if the weather were not permissible, then you wouldn't be going nowhere nor would you be receiving any mail. Now, the most enjoyable part was my job itself as a teacher. I love seeing students blossom!
Teachers eat free if they help out during lunch time
Teacher (Former Employee) – Newtok, AK – April 18, 2018
It takes a special mindset to commit long-term to teaching in remote Alaskan villages. Travel, utilities, communications, and many other things one takes for granted in the "lower 48" may be restricted or limited. I don't regret the experience.
High pay, relatively low cost of living (varies by individual choices), unique experience
Site Administrative Secretary (Current Employee) – Mekoryuk, AK – October 26, 2017
Although the work as secretary is basically running the school since we answer questions to when our administrator is gone, we take responsibilities of taking on the role for what happens on daily basis. The most challenging, on my part, is dealing with tempermental student(s) and parent(s) and to find kind words and gesture sometimes are a challenge based on how the individual is. Overcoming challenges are accomplishments each day. The admosphere in our workplace has to be mutual and at times it's hard to find the common grounds, but when addressed gently things are better. We try to be culturally aware by speaking our native tongue and to share others with what we learn.
Free lunches, showers and laundry usage
short breaks, no paid hours on non paid days, not enough staff, not enough space
Student Helper (Former Employee) – Mekoryuk, AK – October 11, 2017
I enjoyed working at my school. I was still a student and the employees there and my supervisor were all constructive and helpful to me. I was welcomed and enjoyed the learning experience there. I would recommend this job to students who are attending the school and have the extra time to help the school, staff and other students during their free time.
Staff Accountant (Current Employee) – Bethel, AK – August 10, 2017
For the past 22 (3 with school) and 5 years with accounts payable and 14-15 years as staff accountant, it has been a pleasure learning new accounting skills that comes with my job. The easiest part is setting doing the reimbursements for State & Federal, and making adjustments with accounts in the system and how the domino effects become when something doesn't seem right and how to fix it in the system to make it work and align. The stressful part comes at year end of the school, where we prepare our audit books for all funds that are used in our school system, year end closing and at the same time, beginning of a new fiscal year, but when the outcome comes with flying colors, we've made an accomplishment. I'm still learning with this position that I've held for the past 14-15 years and it has taught me of the knowledge I have to date.
Enlightening and highly challenging opportunity to work with Alaska native youth.
Reading, Writing, and History Teacher (Former Employee) – Bethel, AK – June 1, 2017
Beginning in Atmautluak, I enjoyed teaching Eskimo students Language Arts, and social studies. I learned a great deal about their culture and their challenges. My experience in Atmautluak left me with some great friendships and a huge learning opportunity. My teaching experience in Nunapitchuk lasted longer - 10 years. I became even more challenged in trying to help an isolated community learn and understand the value of having an education. Learning many new teaching strategies and skills made me a better teacher and a more compassionate person.
Learning about a different culture, and improving teaching strategies.
With all the jobs I had I think this is the best I've had and still is.
Staff Accountant (Current Employee) – Bethel, AK – January 16, 2017
I have learned a lot from my supervisor/director in Business department. I would not change anything about learning here with the district. The challenging part was learning what the Accountants do when they come once a year. But it gets easier every year. Working with my co-workers, I wouldn't change that either. We become family and with the kids because we do it for the parents and students..
Personnel Supervisor (Current Employee) – Bethel, AK – January 1, 2013
I have worked for LKSD for 18+ years. Excellent benefits, with health insurance included at no cost to the employee. Of course there is a deductible. I have had the privilege of having excellent supervisors who are understanding and supportive in the workplace and balancing that with home life.