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My UAS professors were incredible and encouraged me to grow and enrich my teaching in ways I never would have imagined. They taught me how to make learning irresistible.

2016 Outstanding Graduate

Master of Education, Mathematics

Cynthia Duncan

My UAS Experience

Almost twenty years ago, while completing my undergraduate degree, I worked as the math tutor for the UAS Sitka Campus. It was during those years that I began to realize my passion for education, math and technology. Many years later and with more than a decade of experience as an elementary teacher behind me, it was an honor to return to UAS and continue my education.

My master’s journey has been nothing short of amazing. I was blessed to be part of the Southeast Alaska Small Schools Math Network Grant which provided the support I needed to be successful. My UAS professors were incredible and encouraged me to grow and enrich my teaching in ways I never would have imagined. They taught me how to make learning irresistible. The knowledge I gained is helping me to empower my students to be life-long learners and seekers of knowledge.

I am very thankful for the M.Ed. Mathematics Program. I am sure this is not the end of my education at UAS. Being an effective teacher requires continuous growth and dedication. As long as I am a teacher, I will be a student. I can’t wait to see what new education opportunities await.

About Cynthia Duncan

It is my pleasure to write this letter of nomination for Ms. Cynthia Duncan for the Outstanding Graduate M.Ed. in Mathematics award. She has impressed me with her leadership and ability to improve the way mathematics is taught in her classroom, school, district and the State of Alaska.

Ms. Duncan will be graduating this spring semester with a GPA of 4.00. She is a second grade teacher at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary in the Sitka School District. This past year, while she was taking courses in her Master’s program, her students created a traditional Tlingit village in MinecraftEdu, in their Tlingit MinecraftEdu Project: http://www.room6kgh.com/minecraft-project.html. These second graders included 3 clan houses, totem poles, wooden armor, bowls, fire pits and other details. They even built a house crest on each clan house and put canoes on the beach.

Cynthia Duncan presented at the recent Math/Science conference, October 23–25, 2015, and even had an article published, How an Alaska Teacher Improved Student Attendance with Minecraft, in the online independent education journal, EdSurge, February 11, 2016, https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-02-11-how-an-alaska-teacher-improved-student-attendance-with-minecraft.

Ms. Duncan is a high quality candidate who is representative of the kind of candidates that seek out and completes programs in the UAS SOE. She is an excellent role model for all Alaska’s teachers and a dedicated educator puts in extra efforts to reach her students and help them learn. As I mentioned earlier, it is my pleasure to nominate Ms. Duncan for this award.

  • Dr. Virgil Fredenberg, Program Coordinator
[Cynthia] is an excellent role model for all Alaska’s teachers and a dedicated educator puts in extra efforts to reach her students and help them learn.
  • Dr. Virgil Fredenberg, Program Coordinator