Amazing Grace Academy

Educating Alaska's Pre-K through High School Students for Today and Eternity


Karen Carlton

Karen Carlton

Mrs. Carlton came to teaching through a different route than most. She graduated from Walla Walla College (University now) with a B. A. in Business Administration after switching away from education. After becoming a mom and realizing that teaching and education is something she loves, she went back to school to get her M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Walla Walla University.

Mrs. Carlton has been in the education field for the past 14 years and has been a classroom teacher, music teacher, and school administrator. She moved to Alaska in 2021 from Washington State. Her favorite thing about education is working with a team to see the kids learn and grow.

When not at the school, Mrs. Carlton loves to take nature photos, explore Alaska, garden (until the weeds come up), and spend time with her two adult daughters and husband. She also loves to read historical fiction, specifically about the Oregon Trail.

Tricia Biloff
Administrative Assistant, Treasurer

Tricia Biloff

Mrs. Biloff is a graduate of Boise State University with a B.S. in Accounting. She is also licensed as a Certified Public Account since 2002. She has been married to her wonderful husband, Matt for nine years and they have a son together.
Mrs. Biloff loves the Alaskan weather, growing flowers in the summer, and reading a good book.

 Ashley Bailey
Pre-K/K Teacher, Music Teacher

Ashley Bailey

Mrs. Bailey has been serving Amazing Grace Academy in many capacities for the last 15 years. You can find her teaching the Pre-K/K students or teaching Elementary Music to grades Pre-K through 4th grade. Her passion is to help her students learn and grow in every aspect of life and giving glory to God through music.

Mrs. Bailey recently graduated from Grand Canyon University with a BS in Applied Management and is currently working on her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education.

Teacher 1 and 2

Christine Cootz

Carol  Woodward
Teacher 3 and 4

Carol Woodward

Mrs. Woodward graduated from Central Washington University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. Her career has spanned 25 years of teaching a variety of grades from 1st to 6th, including ELL.

What she most enjoys about teaching is helping her students to see their potential and to become independent thinkers. She is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus throughout the day. Her favorite subjects to teach are language arts, math, and art.

When not teaching, Mrs. Woodward can be found enjoying the great Alaskan outdoors either hiking in the mountains, skiing the slopes, or fishing the Alaskan waters. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two grown sons.

Teacher 5 and 6

Shannia Steinbrunner

Teacher 7 and 8

Josef Steinbrunner

High School Science Teacher

Stacy Peterson

High School Bible, PE, Spanish, and Math

Chad Angasan

Ellen Clark
Teacher 9-12

Ellen Clark

Ms. Clark graduated from Walla Walla University with a B.A. in history and minors in music and education. She has senior academy endorsements in English, history, and music.
During her five years of teaching experience, Ms. Clark has taught English, history, and a number of electives including music appreciation, choir, computer coding, computer applications, and personal finance. She especially loves helping students to develop their creativity, use modern technology, and apply critical thinking skills.
When she has free time, Ms. Clark spends it repairing and remodeling her house, reading, and playing a variety of musical instruments. During summer weather, she also enjoys berry picking, kayaking, and badminton.

Michelle Pearson
Hot Lunch Director, PFE Coordinator, High School Practical Arts

Michelle Pearson

Mrs. Pearson does countless things for the school, but her leadership with Home and School and the hot lunch program definitely rank highest.

Ryan Rogers
Pastor, Bible Teacher 11 and 12

Ryan Rogers

Pastor Ryan serves as the pastor of the Palmer Seventh Day Adventist Church. He teaches Bible class for grades 11 and 12 at Amazing Grace Academy. He enjoys spending time with his family, getting outside, making music, and growing in Jesus. He loves his job as a Pastor and also his job with AGA. You can find Pastor Ryan's sermons, podcast, and other ministry resources at

Teacher's Aide

Hadley Mortenson

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