Peninsula native follows relatives, returns to teach

Pictured are Laura Beck, left, and Annaleah Karron. Beck retired from teaching on the Kenai Peninsula in 2012 while Karron is one of the district’s newest hires.

Anna Karron grew up with school. 

The Kenai Peninsula native’s mother and grandmother have both taught in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School district. 

Karron graduated from Seward High School. 

“I’m so excited to be back in the district and working for KPBSD,” she said. “I grew up here, my parents still live in Seward, my husband graduated from Skyview and his family still lives in town. This is where we wanted to be.”

Karron will be teaching social studies at River City Academy in Skyview High School. 

She said the program is a seventh-grade through 12th-grade leveled program that allows kids to work at their own pace. 

When she talks about teaching history, Karron’s voice quickens. 

“The American Revolution is my favorite to teach about,” she said. “I enjoy teaching and getting the kids to go outside and do simulations and learn about the creation of our country.”

Karron’s mother was also a social studies teacher. Her grandmother was a special education teacher and an inspiration, Karron said. 

“Just hearing her stories,” Karron said. “She grew up in a time when education was one of the only things women could go into. She went all the way through and ended up getting her master’s and doctoral degree.”

Karron said her energy was a plus in the classroom. 

“I really enjoy what I’m doing ... I really try to bring projects and activities that are creative and fun for my students. 

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