Mary Jane (MJ) Geiser
Phone: (907) 852-8950
Hello and welcome to Barrow High School, home of the Whalers! I am Mary Jane (MJ) Geiser and have been an educator in Utqiaġvik since 2010. This will be my first year as Assistant Principal at Barrow High School.
I earned an Associates Degree in Computer Science from Aims Community College in Colorado and a Bachelors Degree in English along with my teachers certification from the University of Northern Colorado. Most recently, I earned a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education in Indiana. I hold a Professional Teaching certificate in English and Social Studies as well as an Adminstrators certificate.
Being an educator on the North Slope of Alaska has been, and continues to be, an experience I treasure. The cultural learning opportunities are immeasurable and irreplaceable. Having the Inupiaq Learning Framework (ILF) to guide place-based education has proven to be beneficial to students and myself as a teacher and now as an administrator. Integrating students’ cultures throughout our school provides opportunities for building positive relationships with our students.
My parents instilled an appreciation of different cultures as we travelled throughout the world with the U.S. Air Force. Having been raised in the military and serving in the U.S. Army myself, I have found that through learning and experiencing other cultures, value is added to my life.
Prior to entering education, I worked in police departments, the military, and the computer industry for over twenty-two years. These experiences provided a foundation of service and technological mindfulness that, as a high school administrator, guide me in supporting teachers' instructional practices that provide our students with experiences that support our changing world.