• Hello Ketchikan!

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    My name is Jillian Pollock and this is my 5th year teaching at Houghtaling Elementary. I am a lifelong Alaskan who was raised on a homestead in Sutton without running water or electricity (yes, I am all too familiar with "blue jugs" of water and running to the outhouse at night in the winter). While completing my undergraduate studies in Anchorage, I continued this lifestyle by purchasing a motorhome and outfitting it with a small woodstove and solar panels, and lived in my "motor mansion" for 2 years. Prior to moving to Ketchikan I taught K-12 music/band/choir in the village of Unalakleet, a community of about 800 people in Norton Sound on the coast of the Bering Sea. While in Unalakleet I spent a great deal of my time fishing, hunting (beaver, muskrat, birds), collecting berries (when in season), and took a part time job at the cannery processing fish and working on the "slime-line". My experiences have led me to seek communities that value simplicity, the arts, and the natural environment, and Ketchikan has turned out to be quite the magical place to call home.
    I have created a website that outlines my Philosophy of music education, and this includes an "about me" portion that provides my educational and professional credentials that may be viewed here: http://sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/philosophy-of-education-music/home
    In addition to professional preferences and experiences my hobbies include outdoor recreation, instrument exploration (right now I am learning how to play the mandolin, and my next goal is learning how to use a looper), sustainability practices, and am working on building a cabin out of recycled materials. If your student has particular hobbies or interests please include them in the “Get to know you” form that I send home with students at the beginning of each year or shoot me an email (it is also attached in "Assignments" on this website) so we may incorporate these interests into the curriculum! I believe inter-disciplinary practices and student centered learning are key components to successful and enjoyable education. I am proud to be a Houghtaling Dolphin, and can't wait to continue making music with our community!
    With Gratitude,
    Jillian Pollock
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