Award Year: 2022

Delta Junction Elementary School

2659 Nister Road
Delta Junction, AK, 99737-9800

(907) 895-4696

Mr. Milton Hooton, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Delta/Greely School District

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Mission

To ensure that each student has the opportunity to engage in high quality education which includes social, emotional, and academic pursuits. Our Vision: Preparing ALL Students for success, no exceptions!Our Motto: Delta Elementary, where everything is "Pawsible". (Our mascot is the husky pup)

Student Demographics
  • White: 70%
  • Hispanic: 15%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 3%
  • Two or more races: 10%
Application
The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

When a parent or visitor enters Delta Elementary School for the first time, they are overwhelmed by what they see. They are met by kind, happy secretaries who make everyone comfortable. On the bulletin boards outside of the classrooms, they see rich writing, beautiful art, and incredible science and social studies projects. Then they meet the teachers. They witness the passion they have for student improvement and the incredible knowledge they possess about instructional strategies, assessment, and classroom management. When they see the students move in the halls and interact with their teachers, they notice that the students are well behaved, respectful, and staff members are enjoying interacting with them.The strong relationship that has been built between the students and staff is obvious.

New teachers who come wonder how they will ever be able to fit in. Then they get to know their new coworkers and their anxiety begins to wane. They quickly learn that the seasoned teachers are excited about mentoring their new colleagues and trying to make them feel like they are one of the team. They are quick to share resources and advise. They are willing to allow the new teacher to observe them in the classroom. They also make the new teacher feel useful and important by picking their brain about some of the cutting edge new things they have learned from college and student teaching, or their last position. Slowly their confidence builds, as the relationship with the rest of their team grows stronger. The new teacher wants to reach for the high bar that has been set. They want to be great. This pattern has repeated itself over and over to create the culture of excellence in teaching that exists at DES. Turnover is very low, especially when you factor in the military lifestyle and the insanely harsh and long winters. Administrators support teachers. Leadership is shared and teachers have a voice. There is no better place to teach and because of that, there is no better place to learn.