Uvanga Atiga Paniiraq. Hello, my name is Blossom Teal-Olsen. I am Inupiaq from Kotzebue. I was raised by my mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Teal, in Fairbanks. I moved to Sitka in 1995 to attend Mt. Edgecumbe High School. I have made Sitka my home since.
I have been a dedicated employee of SEARHC (CNA, Physical Therapy Assistant) for 6.5 years, MEHS for nearly 10 years (Residential Advisor, Home/School Liaison, Cultural Coordinator), Sitka Tribe of Alaska for 3 years (Economic Development Assistant, General Assistance Caseworker).
I currently work for Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, as a Workforce Development Specialist. As a WDS, I help families achieve their self-sufficiency.
I am raising three beautiful children, along with my husband Frederick Olsen Jr. I have been active on various boards throughout my years here. I am a writer and have published work about my childhood.
I want to continue to assist the Sitka School Board in updating the current policies with language that promotes growth and acceptance. I will work towards ensuring that the Sitka School District (SSD) would continue their growth towards being trauma informed. I would like to see the SSD continue their path of providing social emotional learning at all levels of our grade system. Having children with diverse needs, I am a representative of Sitka’s diverse families.
As an Alaskan Native, I find it imperative that our schools offer a culturally responsive curriculum that mirrors Sitka’s diverse cultures. My endeavors in and outside of my profession reflect my passion to ensure that our families are secure. As a school board member, I strive to work for both families and teachers.