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Distance Makes

the Heart Grow Fonder

By: Sarah Mariner

PNA Middle School Teacher

I've always been a strong believer in Pacific Northern Academy’s mission, philosophy, and methodologies. But never have I believed in them more than through this last trimester of distance learning. It was as if students and teachers had been in training their whole PNA careers for this moment…. These students had to be...

Dear PNA Community,

We are excited to report that our entire school, preschool through eighth grade has transitioned to distance learning to protect the entire Anchorage community. 

PNA has postponed the in-person portion of the 24 Karat gala - our largest annual fundraiser that was scheduled to occur in April. We have a plan in place to run a healthy, safe participatory virtual gathering where...

The Power of Community

by Brenna McCormick | PNA Kindergarten Teacher

Creating the classroom community and culture is one of the most important aspects of teaching - and one of my favorites.  It is a privilege to share my days with my students, seeing the world through their eyes and creating a place in which each of them know they belong, a place where they know we will share special, fun moments t...

Risk Taking: It's Expected!

by Sarah Mariner | PNA Middle School Teacher

When I read about the Middle School experience online, I wonder why I can’t really identify with many of the issues being reported.  Sure, I recognize the emotional and self conscience adolescent struggling through a stage of self discovery, but I don’t see the standard issues of exclusion, mockery, defiance, and apathy describ...

Dear Friends and Families of PNA,

As Snowflake Bentley proved, no two snowflakes are alike; and at PNA, no two students are alike, and this creates a rich learning environment. As we reflect back on 2019, we want to say thank you to everyone who has invested in education. Education is one of the best investments that you can make because it can never be taken away from you. Each day at PNA, student...

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