New second grade teacher returns from Thorne Bay to put down roots

Aly Howell has patiently waited like a student watching the clock for recess. After eight years working on Prince of Wales Island, she has returned to Wrangell to teach.

On Thursday, second graders at Evergreen Elementary will be greeted by their new teacher, who is settling in to help shape young minds and raise her family. Her journey to get here was nothing short of adventurous.

Howell graduated from college in 2011 with a degree in Christian studies. Her intent was to become a youth pastor. Instead, she landed a job with Alaska Crossings and moved to Wrangell from Arizona. After a year wit...


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