Not so new teacher on the block

Photo taken from Kayhi’s wall of top seniors.

Liam Kiffer
Staff Editor

Though this is Anne Elliot’s first time being a full time teacher at Kayhi, this is not her first time within the walls of Kayhi. Elliot graduated from Kayhi in 2003, and was just recently hired as the new long term sub to replace Mrs.Troina for the rest of the 2018-19 school year. Since 2003, Elliot has taught English is 3 different countries, studied at 4 different colleges and even played a little bit of college basketball.
“I graduated from Kayhi and I immediately left and started my life,” said Elliot. “I was so excited to start my life and I didnt really look back.”
Elliot left Ketchikan and began her journey after high school at the University of Connecticut.
“UConn was my first stop after high school,” said Elliot. “I quickly realized I didn’t fit there and made a change.”
After her brief time in Connecticut, Elliot transferred all the way to Arizona and attended San Diego Mesa College. While Elliot was at Kayhi, as well as graduating in the top of her class grade wise, she lettered in basketball, soccer and volleyball. Elliot was good enough at basketball to play in college.
“At San Diego Mesa, I actually played basketball, which was certainly an experience,” said Elliot. “I don’t know if it was necessarily what I wanted to do with my life but I had fun doing it.”
Elliot spent two years at San Diego Mesa and quickly realized that was not where she wanted to be either. Elliot decided to follow in the footsteps of a teacher who inspired her at Kayhi while she was a student.
“After UConn and San Diego, I actually volunteered for the Peace Corps,” said Elliot. “I remembered Mrs. Bowlen telling me all about her experiences working with them and it sounded like something I would be interested in doing.”
Elliot applied to the Peace Corps and was quickly assigned to work in a foreign country in Central Asia.
“It seemed like it all happened in a day, but next thing I knew I was on my was to Kyrgyzstan,” said Elliot. “While I was there, I mostly did volunteer work and stayed there for about 2.5 years.”
Elliot finished her time with the Peace Corps, but was not finished with her time overseas.
“I got a for real, non volunteer, teaching job in a middle eastern country near Saudi Arabia called Qatar,” said Elliot. “While I was there, I taught English and history to high school kids, and spent about two years there.”
Elliot enjoyed her time overseas, but she decided to finish her education and apply to graduate school. Elliot moved back home and subbed at Kayhi for a little while and then was accepted into Columbia University in New York.
“I got accepted into Columbia and even though I was in a 2 year English masters program, I finished in 1.5 years because I studied during the summers,” said Elliot. “I was also able to graduate with little to no student loans because of the money I had saved up from teaching, and with the help of a Peace Corps fellowship scholarship I received while I was with them.”
Elliot received her degree and then decided to stay in the New York area.
“I earned my degree quicker than usual and I stayed in Harlem,” said Elliot. “I stayed for about a year and again taught high school English.”
Once Elliot finished teaching in New York, she once again returned home, and once again left.
“I stayed home for a little bit and then decided to move to Phoenix for a job opportunity, “ said Elliot. “I lived in Arizona for about 3 years and worked mostly online.”
Elliot worked for a company called BookRags that writes and collects study guides and study resources for literature all around the world.
“I was an editor for BookRags and I still do a little bit for them part time,” said Elliot. “Basically what I did was read books and create lesson plans and analyses for them.”
After her three years in Phoenix, Elliot again returned home.
“I wanted to go back home to see my parents and travel the world a little bit more,” said Elliot. “My plan was to stay home for at least a little while and substitute teach.”
17 days after Elliot returned home, she received a call from Mr. Rafter, who is the Director of Human Resources in the Ketchikan School district.
“Mr. Rafter called me almost immediately after I settled in back home, and explained to me the situation of Boyle’s resigning and how that eventually led down to Mrs. Troina’s job being vacated for the rest of the year,” said Elliot. “He offered me the job of being her long term sub for the rest of the year and I accepted.”
Mrs.Troina’s job will be posted again at the end of the year for anyone qualified.
“I am hoping to be able to continue working here and eventually get a regular teaching position after this year,” said Elliot. “I am excited to be there and would love to be a teacher here for many more years to come.”

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