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Gamble Announces New Director of K-12 Outreach Operations, Kathryn Berry Bertram


President Gamble is pleased to announce the new Director of K-12
Outreach Operations, Kathryn Berry Bertram, Ph.D. She has been
director of the Geophysical Institute K-12 Education and Outreach for
the past 21 years.

Bertram has extensive experience facilitating partnerships among
University of Alaska, the Alaska Department of Education and Early
Development, Alaska school districts, state and national teacher
groups, and Native organizations resulting in the creation of more
than 20 comprehensive multi-year programs. She has secured more than
$23 million in grants from federal, state and private agencies to fund
these programs, all of which are focused on K-12 teacher preparation,
professional development and mentorship.

“What drew us to Kathryn were her excellent grant writing and
management success, and full understanding of the K-12 components,
along with her dedicated service,” said Dana Thomas, Interim Vice
President of Academic Affairs.

During her service to the Geophysical Institute, Bertram was selected
as Outstanding Employee by UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers February 2012,
appointed to UAF’s Strategic Planning Committee and appointed as
Education Director of the proposed A-CORE UA Science and Technology

Bertram has been invited as keynote speaker or presenter to more than
30 diverse national and statewide conferences, educational
organizations and private foundations. In April 2012, she delivered
the keynote address for a NASA, NOAA and NSF tri-agency meeting for
K-12 education researchers and practitioners in Washington D.C. She
also has extensive experience making presentations to state senators
and representatives.

Her experience conducting educational research in the areas of teacher
preparation, recruitment, retention, assessment and evaluation
recently culminated in earning a Doctoral degree in Education Research
and Cross-Cultural Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Prior to her PhD, Bertram eared a Master of Public Administration and
Affairs from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science Education
and Public Relations from Wittenberg University.
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