Degrees and Certifications:
DEGREES Doctor of Education: Administrator Leadership - Teaching and Learning; Walden University - 2013 Certificate: Principal K - 12; University of Alaska - 2010 Master of Science: Educational Leadership; Walden University - 2009 Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood and Elementary Education, K - 8; Wilmington College - 1993 Associate Early Childhood Education; Ohio State University - 1989 CERTIFICATIONS National Board Certification, middle childhood/generalist State of Alaska: Master Teacher Certification, ages 7 - 12: full curriculum State of Alaska: Professional Teacher Certification, K-8 Early Childhood & Elementary Education State of Alaska: Administrative Certificate, Principal, K - 12 State of Delaware: K- 8 Early Childhood & Elementary Education
Dr. Annette Durbin, Ed. D.
National Board Certified Teacher
I am an enthusiastic, self motivated educator who enjoys learning and seeks to ignite this same love of learning within my students. I enjoy engaging students in experiential learning lessons that foster skills in cooperative learning, problem solving, and critical thinking. I also believe that students should be challenged academically. In my 4th grade class, I use a variety of instructional designs and resources to motivate and engage students in learning. A personalized learning environment is achieved via online learning resources, differentiated lessons, and project based learning that allows student opportunities to connect, question, and solve real world challenges. Working with the community, students learn from experts and provide service to citizens to make our community a stronger, better place to live each day.
I began my teaching career in 1993. I started teaching in a private school setting, then began working in the Anchorage School District prior to coming to the Matanuska Valley. By this time, I was lucky to have opportunities to teach in all grade levels PK - 6. In 2007, I began teaching at Pioneer Peak Elementary where I've taught 2nd and 4th grades. In 2017, I was able to pilot a MSBSD Blended Learning program with a 3rd and 4th grade multiage classroom. The program was a success; therefore, I continued with a 4th and 5th grade multiage classroom. In 2019, I decided to continue my professional journey at Big Lake Elementary, where I can continue to grow professionally, work with and inspire a new community of learners, and make a significant contribution to the local community's future through a positive partnership focused on our youth.
When I'm not teaching, I enjoy gardening, crafting, sewing, cooking, traveling, and spending time with my family. My husband, Patrick, and I have four adult children: Nathan, Nick, Lindsay, and Tim. Nathan is a flight medic and a new pilot, Nick is an aircraft mechanic and an EMT in our borough, Lindsay is a 5th grade teacher at Big Lake Elementary, and Tim is studying to be a secondary teacher at the university and is an EMT. They are all very active in our community and will stop by and help in the classroom.