October 25, 2019 | ADN | Kyrie Long

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks teacher has been named 2020 Alaska Teacher of the Year, an honor revealed in a surprise ceremony at West Valley High School.

Amy Gallaway walked into the West Valley gym on Oct. 25, where the school was told they’d be filming an assembly for another activity. Students and teachers competed for a moment in a hopscotch activity before Principal Sarah Gillam called in a “VIP team” consisting of legislators, school district staff and members of the Department of Education and Early Development, including Education Commissioner Michael Johnson.

Johnson announced there was one more person on his team: Amy Gallaway, the 2020 Alaska Teacher of the year. The crowd of students erupted into applause as Johnson noted Gallaway was selected for many reasons, one of them because “she doesn’t just teach democracy, she has you do democracy.”

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