Shaya Straw is a five-year veteran of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
The third-grade teacher grew up with parents and grandparents who taught and were the impetus for her decision to become a teacher.
“I was always the kid hanging around after school helping my mom or playing with the other teacher’s kid,” Straw said.
Straw, whose family is from Arizona, said she and her husband decided to move to the Kani Peninsula after visiting on vacation and loving the area.
“We came here with the hopes of finding work,” she said. “It was kind of a blessing the way it worked out.”
Straw said she remembered third-grade being her favorite as a student and was happy to work with that age group.
Whenever she can, Straw said she tries to teach outdoors.
“A lot of my science involves outdoor things and that’s one thing that I love about Alaska and kids in Alaska is that they’re very outdoor-involved,” she said.
Straw said she is looking forward to having the same group of students for the entire year and was excited to see what the new school year would bring.
“It seems like every year there’s something new that comes up and it always kind of depends on the group of kids,” she said. “I like to see what they’re all about.”