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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Area teacher wins national fellowship

Anne Pfitzner, a sixth-grade teacher at Soldotna Elementary School, has been awarded an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship. She will serve her Congressional Fellowship in the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.). Her 10-month fellowship will run through June 30, 2003.

Pfitzner's teaching career began in a Native Alaska village located on the Arctic Circle. She later moved to the Kenai Peninsula. Pfitzner said that teaching in Alaska offers many lessons, teaching her the significance of community and the importance of connecting the natural environment to curricula.

Her continued quest for knowledge and professional growth included science and community-based research courses exploring Alaska, the Lower 48, Brazil and Germany. She served as secretary for the Alaska Science Teacher Association, was a member of the science curriculum committee, organized science fairs and taught science courses for other teachers. She was awarded the Presidential Award in Excellence in Math and Science and was a Carnegie Scholar. Pfitzner earned a master's degree in education concentrating in school leadership from the School of Education at Harvard University.

The Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program was authorized by an act of Congress and is administered by the U.S. Department of Energy in cooperation with other federal offices and the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education. The fellowship offers elementary and secondary mathematics and science teachers who have demonstrated excellence in teaching an opportunity to serve in the national public policy arena.

Fellows offer practical insight to establishing and operating education programs. Fellowships increase understanding, communication and cooperation between legislative and executive branches and the mathematics and science education community.

School board meets Monday

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education meets Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough Building in Soldotna. All school board meetings are open to the public.

Agendas are available at the meeting or at the district's Web site at

Vocational education committee members needed

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is looking for interested people to join a committee addressing vocational education issues. For more information, visit

Program to address special education rights

Teresa Holt of the Disability Law Center of Alaska, will present an overview of special education rights for children with disabilities, including an introduction to the IDEA program, information on eligibility requirements, evaluations, the independent education program process, discipline issues and due process rights.

The presentation will be tailored for parents and other advocates for children. It will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at Frontier Community Services in Soldotna and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Homer City Hall council chambers. The class is free. For more information, call Vickie or Margaret at 262-6331.

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