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Northwest Arctic Borough School District Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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  1. "I loved working at NWASD - from the moment I started to the day I left."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Kotzebue, AK
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Kotzebue, AK
    Recommends

    I have been working at Northwest Arctic Borough School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful staff and school administration

    Cons

    I did not always like doing outdoor playground duty when it was close to -20.


  2. "Cultural Issues"

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    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Selawik, AK
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Selawik, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Northwest Arctic Borough School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Alaska is beautiful.
    -Many of the community members are friendly.
    -One-of-a-kind experience

    Cons

    -Little-to-no support for teachers.
    -Massive turnover (sometimes mid-year) due to challenges both inside and outside of school
    -The root of the problem is never addressed
    -Outside specialists drain funds but do not effect lasting or positive change
    -Law enforcement is a joke.
    -Drinking and drugs are out of control.
    -Village attitudes toward parenting, education, and quality of life need to change.
    -Remote location, high cost-of-living
    -Dying culture that the locals are apathetic about saving, yet fiercely proud of.
    -You will always be an outsider
    -The post office is just awful

    Advice to Management

    -Support your teachers.
    -Work with outside organizations to help improve the village.
    -Support your teachers.
    -Spend less money on CHAMPS and more money on resources (textbooks, etc)
    -Support your teachers
    -Ensure that schools have the materials they need (functional student laptops for classes with e-texts, physical textbooks for classes without)
    -Support your teachers
    -Listen to your teachers
    -Don't employ principals who are just there to retire.