Ms. Margie Karasti

Phone: (907) 852-4711


Degrees and Certifications:

Masters of Education; Reading

Ms. Margie Karasti

I was born and raised in Ekwok, Alaska.  Ekwok is a small village next to our prestigous Nushagak River which flows into Nushagak Bay within the Bristol Bay region.  I am Alaskan Native, my father is from Ugashik who is Alutiq and my mother is Yupik from Ekwok. My parents raised us in a subsistance lifestyle and our livelihood revolved around the seasons with subsistance activities: fishing, hunting, trapping, picking berries, drying meat, filling our smokehouse with my favorite: King salmon strips, red salmon- "dry fish" and coho. My late father and brothers commerical fish during the summer and hunt and trap during the winter. So when I am not teaching, that's where you can find me.  My husband and I love spending our summers there in our log cabin, and we are very busy preparing for the fishing season. We have a daughter, a son, and five grand children.  We have been living in Barrow since 1999, after teaching at MEHS for two years, and eight years with South West Region School District.  I have taught 4th grade, 5th grade, ECE, and I am currently teaching 2nd grade here at Fred Ipalook Elementary School.  I am pleased to have had the experience of teaching a variety of grade levels and I was one of the Future Alaska Native Teachers mentors for the Arctic Native Educators Program and our goal was to inspire and encourage the local youth to become future educators.  We have come to love our time here with the wonderful people and children of Barrow and I am enjoying my time with my students and that is where you can find me in my classroom C111.