How are you?)
I am a high school history teacher in Ketchikan, my hometown. My family has lived in Ketchikan for over 60 years, and I have lived here nearly my whole life—leaving for college and then returning to start my career. I love my town very much, and I have an endless passion for welcoming visitors here to experience my community.
My wife and I love traveling, so we know exactly what it's like for visitors who have limited time to get to know a new place. It is my commitment as a tour guide to help people learn as much as they can and have some amazing, unique experiences while they're in Ketchikan.
I know a great deal about Alaska's indigenous cultures, Native art, and local history, and I have years of experience working with totem poles at Totem Bight State Park, Saxman Totem Park, and the Totem Heritage Center. I have also worked at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center and the Tongass Historical Museum, so I am highly familiar with most of Ketchikan's top attractions.
My grandparents moved to Ketchikan in the 1950s (before Alaska became a state) when my grandfather began working for Ketchikan Pulp Company. Like the city itself, my family's history is tied to the rise and fall of the timber industry and pulp mill, as well as the arrival of modern cruise lines, which began while my grandmother was Ketchikan's mayor (still the only woman to hold that position).
I love being a teacher, and I especially love teaching about the history of Southeast Alaska. While in college, I wrote a thesis on the nineteenth-century history of the indigenous Tlingit people. Lingít sh tux̱altóow—I am learning the Tlingit language—and I am happy to teach what I know of the language to anyone who is interested.
Please don't hesitate to message me with any questions or comments. Thank you!
A Recent Review of this guide
Delightful morning in Ketchikan and surroundings. Always such fun to see a place with a local who knows all the good viewpoints and the local people. We felt like visiting family—in the best way! Exceptional!
I grew up in Ketchikan and have lived most of my life here. I have years of experience working with visitors at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, Totem Bight State Park, Saxman Totem Park, the Totem Heritage Center, and the Tongass Historical Museum.
- Bachelor's in International History, Georgetown University
- Master of Arts in Teaching, University of Alaska Southeast.
I currently only offer walking tours because I do not have a vehicle available. I may be able to arrange a driving tour upon request, if I receive enough notice.