Karen Martin is an instructional coach and teacher who has taught in Denali Borough School District in Alaska for 15 years. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks whose research focuses on nurturing teacher agency. Her work has been published in academic journals and books.
She was a Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching grantee in 2014 and lived in Finland researching teacher education. She returned to Finland as a Fund For Teacher Fellow in 2017 to work with the American Resource Center in a project to connect students in Alaska with students in Finland in support of Finland’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
This year, she will work with educators at the Arts Academy of the Turku University of Applied Science in Finland to connect students across our two countries in Green Action projects. She has helped rural teachers in Alaska to lead a teacher-led, grassroots effort to create a network for Alaska that will engage rural teachers in deeper forms of joint collaborative work to connect both students and teachers across the state. The Alaska Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (AKRISE) network is based on a similar network (NWRISE) in the Northwest region of the U.S. of which Karen has served on the steering committee for four years.