BOARD MEMBER PROFILE: Tam Agosti-Gisler
Tam Agosti-Gisler, Anchorage School Board Member
How did you come to be in Alaska?
My family arrived in 1959 when I was a toddler. I grew up in Anchorage.
How long have you lived in your community?
What is your career background and current job?
- ASD Secondary educator, 22 years
- School Business Partnership Director, 6 years
- UAA MAT Adjunct professor, 3 years
- Anchorage School Board, 6 years
Describe a teacher or school staff member who had an influence on you.
A French teacher and SS teacher in junior high – both strong, independent women who were my mentors. Those are the subjects that I taught in middle school! That SS teacher went on to serve as president of the School Board and in local government so I have followed in her footsteps!
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I am an avid traveler who’s been to over 72 countries and speak several languages.
Why did you run for the school board?
I wanted to help move the educational system in our district into the 21st century.
What special strengths do you bring to the board?
- Strong communication skills, oral and written
- Deep connections in the community
- Innovative ideas
What goals do you hope to achieve during your term?
- New school start times and calendar
- Expansion of choice programs in district
How have you helped to improve education in your district?
- Initiated and guide Board Leadership Academy
- Destination 2020 goals, especially in literacy efforts
- Communication enhancements
What’s the hardest thing about being a board member?
- Cutting our budget every year
- Increasing demands on time
- Receiving some disrespectful communication from public
What’s the best thing about being a board member?
- Ability to make positive change in the district
- Interaction with students
- Assisting community in understanding challenges and opportunities in the ASD
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