• Class Information and Syllabi


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Mrs. Laura Davies

  • I grew up on a small farm in southern Ontario, Canada. After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 2001, I moved to southern Georgia and worked as a recreation therapist for at-risk adolescent girls at a residential treatment program. I moved to Wrangell, Alaska in 2003 to work as a wilderness guide at Alaska Crossings, a wilderness treatment program for adolescents from the state of Alaska.

    I became a teacher in 2007 and taught the 5th grade at Evergreen Elementary School in Wrangell for 13 years. I am excited for a new challenge this year. I look forward to teaching science, math, and coding to Wrangell's middle school students. I love to integrate place-based learning, local Indigenous knowledge, art, and outdoor experiences into my curriculum. I enjoy running and talking about books with students. I am a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE).  I am working on my Masters of Elementary Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and hope to graduate this year.


Mrs. Holly Padilla

  • Hello! My name is Holly Padilla, and I am thrilled to be student teaching this year in Mrs. Davies’ Science and Math classroom at the Stikine Middle School. I grew up in a small ski town in southern VT, always preferring the outdoors to the in, team sports to individual. After going to college in Boston, MA, I ran away to the mountains of NW Montana for a few seasons of backcountry work with the USFS. I first moved to Wrangell in the summer of 2010 to work for the USFS at Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory, thinking I would “try Alaska,” as so many young 20-somethings dream about. Since having met my now-husband here that summer, I spent 2011-2014 as the program coordinator for a wilderness-based STEM camp, and 2015-present in a senior management role at SEARHC Alaska Crossings. Here we are in 2020, I am enrolled at UAF in the Master’s in Elementary Education (K-8) program, and I couldn’t be happier about this opportunity to serve the youth of my local community! Everything I have done seems to have led me here. In my personal life, my husband and I have a toddler-son with lots of spunk, and we all continue to prefer the outdoors to the in. I fish, hunt, paddle, snowboard, ski, garden, knit, bake, and read for recreation. I so look forward to learning as much as I can from Mrs. Davies and the high-quality teaching team here in the Wrangell School District, and I am grateful to the families of Wrangell for entrusting us with educating your talented, creative, and hard-working children.


Ms. Charlotte Mason

  • Hi everyone! My name is Ms. Mason, and I am excited to be student teaching this year in Wrangell! I just arrived in town mid-August from Colorado, so I will be getting to know the community as I gain experience in the classroom. Please feel free to say hi or introduce yourself if you see me around town, as I will be meeting almost everyone for the first time this year! 

    I grew up in Indiana, and was involved in a lot of musical activities as a kid (and still try to sing as much as possible). I went to Indiana University for college, and graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science. I did a lot of seasonal work after college and moved around to some fun places doing mostly outdoor education. I spent a year on Maui doing whale watches and snorkel tours, so I’m excited to be reunited with the same humpbacks here during the summer! I had been in Colorado for six years and started my Master’s in Education at CU Boulder before transferring to UAS when I moved to Alaska.

    I’ll have so much to learn this year from the students and everyone in the community about life in Wrangell, so I will welcome any stories or experiences you have to share with me. This year outside of school (and maybe with the class) I’m hoping to do some paddling, biking, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, hunting, fishing, foraging, gardening, and exploring.