ASTE 2020-21 Board Candidates

Voting period 1/13/20- 1/27/20



The ASTE Board works to promote the following for all Alaskan learners:

  • Access to technology
  • Connectivity to information resources
  • Technology integration

The purposes of the organization are to provide, promote, and encourage:

  • a professional educational technology association within the state of Alaska
  • for the sharing and exchange of ideas, techniques, materials, and procedures for use in educational technology
  • general recognition of the vital role played by educational technology professionals
  • appropriate use of technology for the improvement of instruction and educational management
  • collaboration between business, educational entities, and community
  • professional standards and the effective integration of technology into instructional programs
  • membership and participation in the Alaska Society for Technology in Education

Please read more about the amazing educators who have been nominated for the open positions.

Polls close on January 27th at 11:59 pm.


Bill Burr

Bill Burr has been a teacher, principal, Tech Director, and a number of other positions in Alaska for 23 years and first attended ASTE 1998. He has served on the ASTE Board since 2010 serving as an Interior Rep., Treasurer, and President in 2016 and 2019.



Noelle Mischenko

Noelle is a cutting edge leader in technology education in AK. She has won national awards for her passion for gender equity in computer science. She won an AP award (Advanced Placement), and this award, the CTE Equity Fellowship.

She is a computer science teacher at our small, rural Title I school in Talkeetna, AK, part of the MSBSD. She is a large figure district-wide and is sought out for her expertise. She has written curriculum and served on the committee to create CTE pathways for computer science at both the District and State level. She is also an annual presenter at ASTE! She should be on your board!

Jason Fastenau

As the Treasurer for the last five years, Jason has been a leader in the development of a sustainable financial plan and detailed budget for ASTE. This position requires a detailed understanding of the current and historical budget and finances of the organization as well as the logistics of running a conference.  Jason’s experience as Treasurer for the last five years, and nine total years on the ASTE board has allowed him to develop the skills and working relationships with contractors to be an effective Treasurer. As Treasurer, Jason helps guide the board financial decisions, works to educate the board about finances and organizational budgets, and works extensively with the ASTE contractors.


Jason has worked as a teacher and technology specialist in Alaska for 18 years, and currently serves as the Director of Technology in the Cordova City School District.



Interior  Representative




Dan LaSota


  • B.S. Physics and Astronomy (1987), University of Rochester

  • Alaska Teaching Certificate (1989), University of Alaska Fairbank

  • M. Ed. Online Instructional Design (2015), the University of Alaska Fairbanks

By day, Dan, the instructional designer, works with faculty across the University of Alaska system to improve teaching and course design whether it be face-to-face or online. Dan is also an adjunct faculty member and teaches “Introduction to Programming and Algorithmic Thinking, CS 180”, through the Computer Science department at UAF. Interests include games, gaming, science, good government, and playing the viola.


Served two consecutive elected terms (1993-1999). Appropriated 90-100 million dollar budget annually for education, public works, library services, public recreation, planning and zoning, animal control, transportation, and rural services and debt retirement. Served as Presiding Officer from 1998–1999. Chaired the Budget, Audit and Assembly Board of Ethics Committees, created the Y2K Task force represented the Borough at the Alaska Municipal League and lobbied Alaska Legislature and US Congress on matters concerning Fairbanks and Alaska residents


  • Private Pilot Certificate, FAA, 1987.

  • Trained in Negotiation and Mediation 1995.

  • Served as SXSW Edu advisory board, also presented a session on “Badging and Gamification as a Motivational Tool for the Online Student”, 2014, Austin Texas



Christina Hum

First and foremost, I am a learner, followed closely with being a teacher. Though I am certified in science and highly qualified in math, with a Masters in Educational Technology, I am a passionate technology teacher and believer in games and fun as part of our learning process, whether online or in a blended environment. But my true life passion is helping students find their interests and their own passions so they can succeed. I believe in the potential of every learner, regardless of disabilities, age, race, gender, or other socioeconomic factors. I believe that the learning environment is a team experience that can spur and encourage high-quality experiences for one another. You can find me not just behind the keyboard, but outside on my bike, hiking, doing a bit of art or even traveling to explore the world a bit more.

A bit more about Christina

I have been teaching for about 30 years, in a variety of settings, from the classroom to broad work in school districts across Alaska, to specialized 1-hour lessons to schools around the world. I have specialized in helping others to learn to use technology effectively to be “happy” teachers and students, and have strived to make learning fun and playful. This has included designing and implementing school-wide literacy events, a semester-long cross-classroom career island game, and district-wide Google Playground events. I have built a state-wide student leadership program for Standards-based design implementation and created a 2-week Virtual Sled Dog Race for classrooms across the US. I have had many opportunities as an ed tech coach to design and implement game-based tech challenges with badges and leaderboards, courses around ISTE standards, and STEM exploration trainings, as well as being a supporting author for STEAM Activities in 30 Minutes for Elementary Learners. In addition, I have designed and implemented several online courses for gaining technology skills, including videoconferencing, learning management systems, blended learning, and a blended Alaska Studies course. Currently, I am involved in helping to build and oversee AK Grad’s online program, updating courses, writing new courses, and designing a variety of levels of courses to meet the diverse needs of students across Alaska. Working for YKSD has also given me the opportunity to lead the roll-out of our new AK computer science standards for YKSD’s elementary classrooms. Finally, I have recently had the great opportunity to help lead the planning and implementation of the first Interior EdCamp with other educators from interior school districts, thanks to ASTE’s Interior Caucus meeting, giving us an opportunity to explore the initial idea.


Samantha Ward

Samantha started at Denali Borough School District about 7 years ago as a math teacher and technology teacher. During her time at the district, she has expanded her role to teach technology at all three schools in the district. She has moved to part-time technology teacher and part-time Ed tech coach. She led a team to rewrite the district’s technology standards. She was involved in writing the technology section of the district strategic plan. Samantha is truly passionate about teaching teachers how to implement technology into their classrooms. She will be an incredible asset to the board and to the ASTE organization.


Northern  Representative

Amy Eakin

Amy Eakin is the Director of Technology for the Northwest Arctic Borough School District. This is her 4th year in this role and 23rd year in education and the NWAB region of Alaska.  Amy previously taught math, science, and technology in Noorvik Aqqaluk School and Kotzebue Middle High School. She is a certified Apple technician and Apple teacher. Amy was recently awarded the ISTE Digital Citizenship PLN Award for 2019 and firmly believes that children should be empowered through education and technology.  She is motivated by continually learning and spending time with her family.

Southcentral  Representative

John Notestine

My name is John Notestine, and I am honored to be a STEM teacher at Wasilla High School; but more importantly, I am proud to be a 21st-century educator. What is a 21st-century educator? To me, it means that I will do whatever is necessary and possible to prepare my students for the future.

I recognize the need for professional growth in education, and I go above and beyond to ensure that my students benefit from that knowledge. This is my 15th year of teaching, and in that time, I have been the Alaska STEM teacher of the year, a BP Teacher of Excellence, participated in numerous scholarship committees, worked as our union’s bargaining spokesperson, and served on several educational boards. I pioneered and developed the digital media, computer science, and robotics programs at Wasilla High School. My current teaching load includes Broadcast Journalism, AP Computer Science, Robotics, and Digital Media courses.

Aside from education, I am also an avid outdoor enthusiast disguised as a tech-nerd. My addictions include mountain biking and whitewater kayaking. This year I will be participating in several of the Alaska Ulta-Marathons including the Susitna 100 and IditaSport races.

ASTE is a prodigious organization that brings a lot to the state of Alaska. My students and I have been active ASTE participants for several years – submitting and winning many Iditacontests and presenting media and robotics sessions. I am currently interim ASTE Southcentral board representative, and I would be honored to continue to work and serve for ASTE.

Southeast  Representative

Jon Kludt-Painter

Jon Kludt-Painter’s teaching experience ranges from 3rd-12th grade over the span of 24 years. In 2010 he earned an M.Ed. Educational Technology degree from UAS, and then began working as a technology director and digital integration support person for Petersburg School District. Jon works with teachers to implement new and emerging technology with the goal of supporting teachers at the exact time they need support. His days are spent supporting staff with digital resources, monitoring the network, teaching computer repair, and computer-aided drafting and manufacturing. Using technology to do what was once impossible without it, is his passion.