Small Engines for Teachers

  • Small Engines for Teachers

    ...preparing teachers for Small Engine instruction

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Small Engines For Teachers

  • Based in Valdez, AK
  • Provides teachers to lead courses in small and marine engine repair and maintenance
  • Grow teacher knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy about Indigenous Knowledge
  • Develop place-based, culturally-responsive knowledge, awareness, and practical skills

Place-based activities may include:

  • Boat trip on Prince William Sound
  • Tour of fish hatchery

Dates, Location, and Contact

Dates: May 26-June 1, 2024 (*2 required Zoom sessions prior to the onsite course. Times/Dates TBD. Approximately 2 hours each.)

Credits: 3

Seats Available: 12

Location: Valdez

Contact: Katie Bobowski, 907-822-3673 or

Instructor: Anthony Gerasch

“Anthony Gerasch Jr, is an excellent role model in how he instructs the class himself, and he’s sharing materials with us which gives us a takeaway as to how we can bring those materials and techniques into our own classrooms.”

Brian Rendall, Lower Kuskokwim School District
  • What to expect
    • Preparation to lead courses in small and marine engine repair
    • Modeling of safe practices and developing a culture of safety
    • Introduction to vocational opportunities available for Marine Engine Technicians
    • Instruction that is compliant with the State of Alaska and U.S. Coast Guard regulations
  • What will you get
    • A week of content rich days immersed in classroom and field exercises to deepen teaching pedagogy
    • Teachers will walk away with lesson plans, resources, and tools for how to fit the curriculum into a classroom or virtual learning environment, and examples of place-based lesson planning.
    • All students will develop a place-based lesson plan or unit to use in their own classroom. All of the lesson plans developed will be in a shared drive that will be made available to all students for adaptation and use in their classroom.
  •  Why should you come
    • Gives teachers the ability to reconnect to and re-energize their passion for teaching.
    • Mixes classroom activities with place-based/outdoor activities, which asks the teachers to not only consider their curriculum, but to also their classroom environment
    • Collaborative workshop activities allow teachers to meet and network with other educators who are living through the same experience

Meet The Instructor

Anthony Gerasch

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Anthony is a Marine and Powersports Technician as well as a Technical Education Instructor at Prince William Sound College. He created and operates a Marine Service Technology program that trains students how to service and maintain vessels. Anthony recognizes every student arrives with a different perspective and finds great value in helping students achieve their individual goals. Anthony has been in the Marine and Powersports industries since 2014 and continues training and learning every day. He has an AAS degree from the University of Wisconson Eau-Claire where he studied Music Education, and two AAS degrees from Minnesota State Community and Technical College where he studied Marine Engine Technology and Powersports Technology. Outside of work, Anthony enjoys working on his personal vehicle projects and building things like sheds. 



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Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Carl D. Perkins Professional Development Grant