Preparing Indigenous Teachers & Administrators for Alaska Schools (P.I.T.A.A.S.) is a
mentor and teacher-training program for Alaska Native high school
students interested in teaching or becoming school administrators. The goal, in part, is to increase the number of Native teachers.
The program, which offers summer courses in Tlingit culture and offers
financial assistance to college-bound students, is funded by the state
University of Alaska Southeast in partnership with SHI. P.I.T.A.A.S.
is one of the most popular programs at the university, according to a
UAS spokesman in a recent news
article. In 2002, Barbara-Cadiente Nelson became the first P.I.T.A.A.S.
student to become a teacher (more).
here to listen to a story about P.I.T.A.A.S. by KTOO-FM reporter Anne
Sutton (aired August 2003)). For more information contact UAS.