Lisa Richardson, Phyllis Carlson, Heather Batchelder, Elisabeth Genaux, and Elisabeth Genaux join UAS.
Lisa Richardson, Assistant Professor in the School of Education, moved to Juneau this past summer from Oakland, CA, where she was working as a Research Associate with the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd Labs. Lisa received her doctorate in Language, Reading and Culture from the University of Arizona, with a minor in Rhetoric and Composition. Her areas of research include disciplinary literacies, particularly the acquisition of academic language and literacy for students who are learning English as an additional language. Her work with immigrant and refugee students in Tucson, AZ, as well as her work with secondary students on a Navajo reservation in NM, inform both her research and teaching. Lisa is currently teaching graduate level courses in literacy for teachers in the Masters of Reading/ Reading Specialist program.
Phyllis Carlson comes to the UAS Village Teacher Program from retirement. She was most recently employed by the State of Alaska in the Department of Education and Early Development where she served as the Director of Rural Education and Coordinator of Parents As Teachers. She is a four term member of the Juneau Board of Education, serves as the Chair for Juneau’s Community om Schools coalition, and is a board member of the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc. She has participated on a variety of community boards and advisory groups over the years, including the UAS MAT, Diversity Committee, PITAAS, and Campus Council.
Heather Batchelder, Ph.D. is a new Assistant Professor Education. She writes, “In 1996 I followed my daughter to school, obtaining a job as a paraprofessional in a class for students with special needs. An opening in a Pre-Kindergarten classroom for children with special needs opened in my school and I began teaching out of field while working towards a MA in Varying Exceptionalities. Serving students in Volusia County for ten years was a privilege and I was inspired to earn a Ph.D. Upon graduation, the University of Central Florida hired me as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Special Education and Early Childhood Programs. After my visiting line ended, I returned to Volusia County Schools as a District Placement Facilitator to obtain a current perspective of the state of PK-12 education. I currently teach in the Special Education Program here at the University of Alaska Southeast. My research interests include: teacher dispositions, emergent literacy, and technology use in the classroom/distance education.”
Elisabeth Genaux is the new Student Services Assistant/Recruitment and Retention Administrator for the School of Education. She was born and raised in Fairbanks and moved to Juneau in 2009 to study at UAS. She previously worked at the Keith B Mather Library in the International Arctic Research Center for a year at UAF and then at the UAS Bookstore for more than 4 years as a student assistant and fair trade specialist. She is continuing her degree in Social Sciences at the university and in her free time enjoys hiking, fishing, and disc golfing.
Scott Christian returns to UAS as the new Program Administrator for the Secondary Master of Arts in Teaching program. Scott was a classroom teacher in rural Alaska for twelve years before moving to Juneau in 1996. At that time he was a research associate for the Annenberg Rural Challenge as part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education documentation effort. He also taught and supervised teachers for the UAS Secondary Master of Arts in Teaching program. His teacher research book Exchanging Lives: Middle School Writers Online was published by NCTE in 1997. In 1998 he became the Director of the Professional Education Center at UAS where he wrote and administered the first PITAAS (Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools) and ARCTIC (Alaska Reform in the Classroom through and Technology Integration and Collaboration) grants. He also worked closely with Middlebury College and UAS administration and faculty to bring the Bread Loaf School of English to the Juneau campus. After leaving PEC, Scott served as the Director of the Alaska Distance Education Consortium, and the Director of Assessment at Western Governor’s University. He arrives in Juneau with his wife Phuong, who works as an investment analyst for Enterprise Community Partners and their daughter Elsie, who attends the Juneau Community Charter School.