Kim Hanisch, M.Ed.
- Kim Hanisch, Assistant Professor in our Ed. Leadership Program joins us with years of experience in many roles as a professional educator. Her background includes middle and high school teaching experience, service as an Alaska Statewide New Teacher Mentor, experience as a professional development trainer, as well as being a principal with Bering Strait School District and Director of Services and an Educational Specialist with Reinventing Schools Coalition (Marzano Research Corporation). Recently she was Director of Instruction and Learning with Kodiak Island Borough School District.
- Why I chose to become a teacher/leader isn’t necessarily my ‘why’ now. At the heart, though, is that I feel fulfilled when I help others. I love to see ‘lightbulbs’ pop on as people get excited or motivated through new learning and growth. My WHY now is that I believe ALL means ALL. Every individual should be provided opportunities and supports to self-actualize (reach the fullest potential) and our role as educators is to create systems for that to happen.
- I began as a high-school science teacher in Nebraska then moved up to rural Alaska (BSSD) teaching 7-12 science and more (really learning to teach kids vs. content). I then took on a variety of roles, including state-wide mentor, curriculum coordinator, and professional development staff. This had me dipping toes in leadership and pushed me into a principal position. Following that, I stepped out of a school district environment and began working with a non-profit organization leading educational transformation throughout the nation. Travel burn-out and lack of solid connection with AK education, I returned to the district as Director of Instruction and Learning. With those experiences, I was ready and anticipating a role with UAS to help others develop leadership capacities and achieve their own "Why."
- The commitment to students as individuals with their passion and unique living experiences that influence their approach and needs makes UAS a wonderful place. From staff to faculty, students (and I) feel they are known and supported.