Degrees and Certifications:
BS Secondary Education AS Anthropology Graduate Certification in Special Education
Mr. Steve Cunningham
I am from Northern Idaho where I graduated from University of Idaho with a degree in Secondary Education (Social Studies). I began my teaching career in Alaska ten years ago at Soldotna Middle School teaching World and US History in 2007. in 2010, I went to Utqiagvik and taught one year at Hopson Middle School. While in Barrow, I attended Ilisagvik College and complete 12 semester hours in Inupiaq grammar and conversational Inupiaq.
After I left Barrow, I enrolled in the Special Education certificate program at UAA. I completed my practicum at Kenny Lake School in Copper River School District while serving as the PK-12 SpEd Teacher. I also led the Title One, Title Seven (Indian Ed) and 504 programs. I taught Economics, US History, PE, Exploratory, and Government while fulfilling my duties as a SpEd Teacher. I also led a cross-country skiing groups and coordinated the Special Olympics Valdez - Glennallen games while at Kenny Lake.
I went back to Soldotna in 2015 to be the Read 180 teacher and Reading Resource teacher. I taught two years before coming to NW Arctic at Kobuk School in 2017.
I am also a US Navy veteran having served between 1984-1989 on board the USS Ajax, where I was able to sail the Pacific and Indian Oceans as well as the Persian Gulf. I have worked at a variety of jobs in my life as well as owning and operating a business and home cleaning business and managing a water system for 200 members.
I love the outdoors and subsistence lifestyle. I also love the Inupiat Culture and language and I always find ways to educate my students about their own culture and language.
I am married to a wonderful lady named Christy, and I have two grown sons from a previous marriage, Cyrus (US Navy and Defense Intelligence Agency stationed in Saudi) and Vincent (attending college in Texas).
I love the NW Arctic and the beautiful and friendly village of Kobuk (Laugviik) and am excited about being here again for my second year.