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Meet the Board of Education Members

Deedie Sorensen, President 

Deedie was born and raised in Billings, Montana. She graduated from the University of Montana with majors in sociology, anthropology and elementary education. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Graduate Endorsement in Special Education from Eastern Montana College. She taught in Nebraska and Montana before moving to Juneau in 1981. Deedie taught at Glacier Valley, Gastineau and Mendenhall River for her first 28 years with JSD. During those years, she was actively involved as a parent and teacher on Site Councils and a staff representative on many JSD Committees. Throughout her teaching career she was an active member of the Juneau Education Association. After retiring in 2010 she continued working as a long-term substitute in both regular and special education until 2018. During this time, she was able to spend time in many elementary schools and appreciate the programs and activities that made each school unique.

Deedie brings her years of experience to advocate for the best possible education experiences and outcomes for all of Juneau’s students. She believes that all students and staff need to feel safe and be safe in our schools and classrooms. Deedie is working to ensure that all student assessments used by the district are evaluated for bias and replaced when necessary. She recognizes that the district’s standardized reading scores indicate that many of our students are not competent readers. This impacts students at every grade level and every subject area. After forty years teaching children to read, she knows there is no one instructional method that works for all children. She actively encourages the district to develop and the board to adopt a JSD reading curriculum, provide training to utilize a range of instructional strategies and provide materials that both create and strengthen measurable reading competencies across all levels.

Emil Mackey, Vice President

Emil Robert Mackey was born and raised in Little Rock Arkansas. He moved to Alaska in 2007 after finishing his Ph.D. in Public Policy, emphasizing Educational Policy & Leadership, from the University of Arkansas. A lifelong learner, he later completed a M.Ed in Curriculum Design and Instruction from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2015. Since moving to Alaska in 2007, he lived and worked in Fairbanks (2007-2009), Kotzebue (2009-2013) and Fairbanks (2013-Present). He is married to Dayna Mackey and has a son, Emil Mackey IV, born in 2017. 

Emil Mackey has spent a career in Public Service. Starting as an Americorps/VISTA volunteer in 1995, he has worked for the Southwest Arkansas Community Development Corporation, The University of Arkansas Little Rock, the Arkansas Division of Youth Services, The University of Arkansas, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Chukchi Campus, and the State of Alaska. He is currently moving to the private sector and plans to open an insurance agency in January 2020.

Will Muldoon - Clerk

Elizabeth (Ebett) Siddon, Member

Elizabeth grew up in New Hampshire and attended the University of New Hampshire for her undergraduate degree (in Marine and Freshwater Biology). She moved to Juneau in 2002 where she since completed a Masters and PhD in Fisheries at UAF’s College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. She is married to Chris, who works at ADF&G, and they have one son.

Elizabeth works at NOAA Fisheries for the Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment Program. Her work, focused in the Bering Sea, connects ecosystem science to management. In 2019, Elizabeth was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government.

Elizabeth is very committed to education and outreach here in Juneau and beyond. She co-founded SouthEast Exchange (SEE), a community partnership between local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) professionals and teachers in the Juneau School District. SEE helps bring place-based and hands-on science experiences into classrooms. She also co-teaches a summer field course at the Shoals Marine Laboratory (off the coast of Maine) called Integrated Ecosystem Research & Management. Elizabeth has been the statewide parent representative to the Alaska Early Childhood Coordinating Council (coordinating programs and services for children prenatal through age 8) since January 2017 and was elected to the Juneau School Board in 2018.

Amber Frommherz - Member

David Noon - Member 

Britteny Cioni-Haywood - Member 

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JUNEAU, AK 99801

The City and Borough of Juneau School District complies with all federal and State of Alaska laws, statutes, and regulations, and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran or military status, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, and provided equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in education programs and/or extracurricular school activities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District’s Title IX Coordinator Mack Brittingham, 523-1715, Title IX Investigator/Decision Maker Lyle Melkerson, 523-1710, and Section 504/ADA Coordinator and Title IX Appellate Decision Maker Frank Hauser, Superintendent, 523-1702, 10014 Crazy Horse Dr. Juneau, AK 99801.
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