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When the Milken Educator Awards team surprised social studies teacher Valerie Baalerud at Eagle River High School in Anchorage School District on February 1, 2018, they had help from a very special guest: Alaska Education Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson, himself a 2008 Alaska Milken Educator. Val's daughter Kali Spencer and husband Andrew Baalerud were on hand to witness Val's big moment—Kali is an Eagle River student and student advisory representative to the Anchorage School Board, and Andrew is a math teacher at the school.
Valerie, who teaches AP and regular history in addition to chairing the history department, works tirelessly to ensure the success of every student in every one of her classes. She is a huge part of campus life at Eagle River, coaching Model United Nations, debate club, and several sports teams, leading the school’s celebration of National History Day, and advising Eagle River’s student government. At her notification, Val thanked her colleagues and students for contributing to her success: "There are amazing things happening at Eagle River, and I’m so proud to be a part of that."
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