Hello families of Ketchikan!
My name is Jillian Pollock and this is my first year teaching at Houghtaling and Fawn Mountain Elementaries. 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 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. For the past 7 months I have lived and 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 and the natural environment, and Ketchikan seems like a wonderful place to call 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!),
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 will be sending home with students (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 look forward to getting to know the Houghtaling and Fawn Mountain communities and am excited about the endless possibilities this year has to offer!