Teaching in the DarkCongratulations on your gold book award!


Genét Simone was a new college graduate without any professional experience when she answered a newspaper ad seeking high school teachers in Alaska. She sold her car and purchased a one-way ticket from Seattle to the village of Shishmaref, and suddenly found herself dealing with all kinds of rustic accommodations and the culture shock of living in a remote Inuit community.

In a fascinating, poignant, and often humorous retelling of her experiences, Simone details how she relied on her courage, resilience, and wit to endure freezing temperatures, power outages, loneliness, and first-year teacher anxieties and missteps. Those challenges, however, would pale in comparison to the life lessons she would learn about becoming a real teacher — lessons from her students, their culture, and community on the vast, windy landscape at the edge of the Chukchi Sea.

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Author Bio

Genét Simone, PhD, has been a teacher and a teacher educator at major universities for over thirty years. Her experiences in Shishmaref, Alaska, spearheaded a lifelong inquiry into the emotional and spiritual aspects of teaching: what calls people into the profession, and what keeps them there. She lives in Seattle, WA, and is still teaching high school.

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