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What is Alaska Teacher Placement?

ATP was established in 1978 as a partnership between school districts, and the University of Alaska to serve as a statewide education job clearinghouse for Alaska. For over 35 years ATP has matched teachers and administrators seeking positions with the districts who need them. Over this time ATP has successfully evolved to become the primary recruiting service center for teachers and school administrators in Alaska.

With support from virtually all of the state's school districts, the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (EED), and the University of Alaska Statewide, ATP has adapted so it can continue to serve educators and school districts for years to come.

Candidate Services

Alaska Teacher Placement provides a wide range of services to job candidates for teaching and school administration jobs. ATP responds to thousands of inquiries annually regarding teaching in Alaska. We serve as the official liaison between educators seeking employment and the schools and districts seeking educators.

ATP provides a wide range of services to support educators seeking a teaching or school administration job in Alaska. ATP responds to thousands of inquiries annually regarding teaching, living, and working in Alaska's schools. We serve as the official liaison between educators seeking employment and the schools and districts seeking to hire educators.

Candidate Services:

  • ATP Job Bank: Job listings from virtually all of Alaska's education-related employers in for K-12 positions
  • Alaska Teacher Placement Job Fairs: Both live and virtual events to introduce teacher and administrator candidates to the districts that need them!
  • ATP Forum: An open forum for discussing all things related to teaching, living and moving to Alaska…come join in the conversation.

Our Mission

The mission of the Alaska Teacher Placement program is to provide leadership in identifying, attracting, and placing highly qualified educators for our state. We work collaboratively with Alaska school districts, university leaders, and other educational entities to promote the teaching profession in Alaska.

Related Statewide Programs

Alaska Teacher Placement staff members manage a number of special program grants that help teachers, administrators, as well as those who want to become educators.

Alaska Statewide Mentor Project

Vision: Every student in Alaska has the benefit of a great teacher.

Great teachers help our children to learn, grow, and thrive. They make learning exciting and tap into the knowledge, skills, and resources of local communities to help students achieve both personal and academic success.

Mission: Give new teachers the support they need to succeed.

The Alaska Statewide Mentor Project exists to lift up and support the profession of teaching in Alaska. The project provides individualized support to first- and second-year teachers, developing an effective teaching force that is responsive to the diverse academic needs and cultural backgrounds of all students.

The project goals include:

  • Improved teacher retention
  • Enhanced quality of instruction
  • Improved student achievement

Future Educators of Alaska

ATP recognizes the importance of growing our own teachers and fostering the development of Indigenous educators. FEA is a statewide collaborative effort to inspire and support Alaska Native K-12 students to go into the education profession.

The fostering of prospective Alaska Native teachers and administrators involves a partnership among teachers, communities, school districts, University of Alaska campuses and more. Funded by the Department of Education since 2003, FEA has worked with eighteen partner and affiliate school districts and schools to establish over 50 FEA clubs across Alaska. Most recently, our program name has changed from Future Teachers of Alaska to Future Educators of Alaska to be more encompassing to the many careers in education.

Who does FEA benefit?

  • Students! FEA provides Alaska Native K-12 students the opportunity to explore what a career in education might be like and to meet other students also interested in education.
  • Teachers! FEA offers teachers the opportunity to become an advisor and to share their joy of the profession by encouraging Native K-12 students in becoming educators.
  • Communities! FEA helps communities “grow their own educators” by nurturing prospective Alaska Native teachers at the local level.
  • Colleges! FEA supports career development for Alaska Native college students and acts as a bridge for high school students who plan to enter college.

ATP Staff

We encourage you to use the links below to find the right person to talk to, but don't forget that our ATP iCommunity has news and information about upcoming ATP events.

The best place to find answers to common questions is our ATP Forum. Don't be shy! This area is fully searchable, and contains a wealth of information contributed by current and former educators. There are literally thousands of questions and answers in the ATP Forum archive.

ATP Staff Profiles

Dr. Kathryn Berry Bertram

Dr. Kathryn Berry Bertram: Director, K-12 Outreach Operations

Dr. Berry Bertram was appointed to be UA Statewide's new K-12 Outreach Director in June of 2012. Formerly as UAF Geophysical Institute's Education Director, she has developed culturally responsive formal and informal education programs for indigenous students in Alaska, Hawaii and elsewhere in the US for 22 years. An experienced education researcher, Berry Bertram has developed an evidence-based framework for creating K-20 curricula and courses designed to increase indigenous student engagement and achievement in STEM. She has extensive professional connections with Native organizations and diverse STEM research institutions. She has received funding for her research from a variety of federal and state agencies including NSF, NASA, USDOEd, and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. She has two decades of experience instructing graduate-level continuing education and/or professional development STEM courses and training workshops for K-20 educators across the nation.

Berry Bertram received her Ph.D. in Education Research, Cross-Cultural Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, her M.P.A. in Public Administration and Affairs from Indiana University, Bloomington, and her B.A. in Science Education and Public Relations from Wittenberg University.

Anjali Patil

Anjali Patil: Special Projects Coordinator

Anjali serves as the Special Projects coordinator and fiscal support for ATP and for the University of Alaska K-12 Outreach Office. She organizes and manages job fairs for the Alaska Teacher Placement (ATP) program and the special events for Future Educators of Alaska (FEA) program. She also provides fiscal oversight for these programs. A mother of two, Anjali brings 3 years of high school teaching and mentoring experience from India, where she taught high school classes and over 14 years of banking experience with three different financial institutions, the National Bank of Alaska, Denali State Bank and the Wells Fargo, all in Fairbanks. Before joining University of Alaska K-12 Outreach in 2011, she was Assistant Brach Manager at the Well Fargo College branch. Her customer service skills and banking experience have been great assets for the ATP, FEA and the K-12 Outreach.

A staunch supporter of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), she is a life time member of UAF Alumni Association, a supporter of American Heart Association, and the Fairbanks Pioneer Home.

Anjali holds a B.S in Commerce with emphasis in economics from the University of Mumbai, India and a M.S. in Science Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


Trish Johnston: Project Specialist/Training & Events Manager, UA K-12 Outreach & Fiscal Tech, UA K-12 Outreach

Trish Johnston is Project Specialist/Training & Events Manager, UA K-12 Outreach

Trish started with K-12 Outreach as an Administrative Assistant in June of 2010 and transitioned into the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project Event Coordinator position in October of 2010. As the Event Coordinator Trish is the detail-oriented logistics person for ASMP. She organizes all aspects of the mentor academies from making housing arrangements to ordering supplies to planning daily menus and coordinating team building events. At ATP Job Fair time, Trish “changes hats” and field questions from ATP Educators on the Applitrack computer program as well as assists with Job Fair logistics. Trish earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa in 1981, and has worked in various positions in the Fairbanks area writing and editing newsletters, editing grant proposals, and composing business correspondence since then.