Arctic Education Foundation (AEF) is proud to announce the 2018 Anaġi Leadership Award winner, Michelle Kaleak of Utqiaġvik, Alaska.
Michelle is the daughter of Frederick Kaleak and Josie Kaleak; her grandparents are Marchie Nageak and Lillian Nageak, and Clara Kaleak and Riley Kaleak.
Michelle is currently attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks and majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Rural Development. It is her goal to complete a Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education within the next three years and to return home to Barrow to teach at Fred Ipalook Elementary School.
Michelle said, “Ever since I was a young girl, I have always wanted to become a teacher.
During my junior and senior year of high school, I worked at Ipalook for ‘on the job training’ with the K-3/K-4 bilingual class. I really enjoyed the classroom atmosphere, and knew that this is what I wanted to do my whole life.” We wish Michelle the best of luck in her Bachelor’s program! Aarigaa! Kiita!
The Anaġi Leadership Award honors retired Arctic Slope Regional Corporation President & CEO, Jacob Anaġi Adams. This award is an exclusive scholarship given to an ASRC shareholder that exemplifies leadership in every aspect of their life while embracing Iñupiaq values.”