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I can’t wait to start teaching and sharing my knowledge with my students. I would not have had this opportunity if it were not for UAS and the Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools (PITAAS) program.

2016 Student Speaker

Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Education

Endorsement in Biology

Jasper Nelson

My UAS Experience

I decided to attend the University of Alaska Southeast because it was so close to home. It was comforting knowing I could pack a few things and visit whenever I needed. I never did visit home as much as I thought I would. I made a home right here at UAS. The services offered at UAS make it seem impossible not to fit in. The committed staff and faculty always made me feel welcome. I have made friends here at the Juneau campus that are almost as close as family and I know I will miss them dearly when I return home.

When I think back I realize just how much I changed at UAS, and not just academically. I have developed on a personal level as well. Through UAS I’ve had so many opportunities. I have traveled to both New York City, and Costa Rica. I have broadened my horizons and the expectations I hold for the future. UAS has been a beautiful place and I wish I could stay longer, but my time here is almost over. It is time for me to go back to my hometown and share what I have learned. I can’t wait to start teaching and sharing my knowledge with my students. I would not have had this opportunity if it were not for UAS and the Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools (PITAAS) program. Thank you so much for what you have done for me.

About Jasper Nelson

Jasper Nelson is graduating with his Master of Arts in Teaching with an endorsement in Biology. Originally from Craig, Alaska, Jasper came to UAS several years ago to embark on his college journey, first earning his undergraduate degree in biology — always with his eyes on the goal of becoming a high school biology teacher and returning to Craig.

Jasper has made his mark on UAS; he has been a leader in the Native and Rural Student Center and he has been a strong and enthusiastic member of every class he has taken at UAS. During his student teaching placement at Thunder Mountain High School, Jasper has made a strong, positive impression on students, colleagues, and administrators alike. Through his deep knowledge of Southeast Alaska and his content area, his use of humor in his lessons, and his genuine caring for all students, Jasper and his mentor teacher have built an engaging and rigorous biology program for the students in their TMHS class of 2016.

  • Angie Lunda, Faculty, School of Education
Jasper ... has been a leader in the Native and Rural Student Center and he has been a strong and enthusiastic member of every class he has taken at UAS.
  • Angie Lunda, Faculty, School of Education