Annika Amato is a native Oregonian currently living in the beautiful state of Alaska. She graduated from Cleveland High School in Portland, Oregon. Her family moved to Alaska in 1998. In 2011 she received her undergraduate degree from University of Alaska Anchorage, College of Arts and Sciences with a major in History. After graduation, she went back to UAA to earn a Masters degree in the Arts of Teaching. She also holds a certification in Special Education from University of Alaska Southeast.