Psych alum among Alaska’s 2024 Educators of the Year

Date Posted: May 16, 2024 at 10:55 AM

Ms. Maria Theresa Pagaduan-Cordova, PhD, a alumna of the University's Psychology program (Class of 1998, Cum Laude), has been honored as Alaska’s Educator of the Year for 2024.  

The award ceremony took place in Anchorage and was attended by notable dignitaries, including Commissioner Deena Bishop from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. 

Ms. Pagaduan-Cordova is a certified special education teacher at Tri-Valley School in Healy, Alaska. 

Chosen from over a hundred nominations from across Alaska's regions, Ms. Pagaduan-Cordova was among 20 exceptional educators selected for this esteemed recognition. Alaska’s Educator of the Year Award acknowledges outstanding educators for their leadership, integrity, and dedication to the field of education, honoring those who exhibit a steadfast commitment to their students and colleagues. 

Ms. Pagaduan-Cordova brings a wealth of experience and a deep-seated passion for education to her role, significantly impacting her students and the school community. Her journey in education is marked by notable leadership roles and accolades, including being a student leader and recipient of University’s Society of Saint Vincent de Paul-Ozanam Study Grant Program (SSVP-OSGP), and serving as a Student Assistant at the Office of the Treasurer from 1994 to 1998. 

Her feat underscores her exceptional contributions to education, reflecting her integrity, morale, and unwavering dedication to her students. Her achievements serve as an inspiration to her peers and a testament to the profound impact educators can have on their communities.