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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Sealaska Heritage Institute names Virginia Oliver 'distinguished educator'


Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Virginia Oliver, Tlingit language teacher at Wrangell High School, was honored by Sealaska Heritage Institute as a distinguished educator during its Culturally Responsive Education Conference in Juneau last week. Oliver, seen here presenting to a student during last year's academic achievement awards at the high school, was unable to attend the conference.

Sealaska Heritage Institute has honored 10 educators from throughout Alaska and Washington for their culturally relevant lessons.

Among those is Wrangell's Virginia Oliver, who teaches Tlingit language in the Wrangell School District.

She was one of seven given the Distinguished Educator Award, "which recognizes educators who intentionally weave cultural knowledge throughout their lessons and classroom and use approaches that reflect Native students' identity and values through place-based and culturally relevant practices, while reinforcing students' capabilities of extraordinary academic ach...

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