Megan Gatlin is a principal teacher.
That’s right. She’s the principal. And the teacher.
The only teacher.
In False Pass, a town of 40 people in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska (200 total during the “busy” summer season), Gatlin has only nine students between grades 1 and 11. Everyone learns in the same room, and most of the students are cousins to each other. Many people in False Pass work in the fishing industry or at the local grocery.
Originally from Utah, Gatlin and her husband moved to False Pass two years ago to live closer to nature and enjoy the strikingly beautiful terrain.
At False Pass School, Gatlin teaches, well, everything. Subjects include chemistry, algebra II, language arts, food science, healthy living and whatever else the students would like to explore.
And in the 2022-2023 academic year, Gatlin will share lessons from our Emerge curriculum for college and career opportunities like how to shake hands, write an email, hold a networking conversation and more.
“My students may only leave False Pass a couple of times a year and many have never stepped foot out of Alaska,” Gatlin said. “The Rubin lessons will give them real-world practice on how to talk to new people and explore their own talents and interests.”
Emerge is trusted by middle school, high school and college educators nationwide. The program is a blend of ebooks, self-paced assignments, videos and quizzes that give students age-appropriate instruction on how to write, speak and lead with confidence.
Instructors and students can log onto a password-protected website or access the career readiness material through single sign-on on any device. Emerge integrates and syncs grades with common LMS like Canvas, Blackboard, D2L, Moodle, Sakai and Schoology. We also provide single sign-on with Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams.
Rubin works with large school divisions like Philadelphia and Las Vegas, but we also take pride in delivering lessons to rural or remote communities.
Everyone deserves the chance to learn important college and career (employability or work readiness) skills, from the bustling avenues of South Street Philly to the rambling roads of False Pass, a city just two miles wide nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Bering Strait.
Thank you, Principal Teacher Gatlin, for the important work you do.