Panigkaq Agatha John-Shields


Panigkaq Agatha John-Shields, Ph.D., is the daughter of the late Dr. Chief Kangrilnguq Paul and Anguyaluk Martina John of Toksook Bay, Alaska, where she was raised in a traditional and cultural community by many elder mentors. Agatha was a Yup’ik teacher and a principal for Lower Kuskokwim School District for 17 years at Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Yup’ik Immersion Charter School in Bethel, Alaska. She currently is an assistant professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage for the Educational Leadership and Language Program for the School of Education. Her professional passion is to teach through the lens of personal stories and experiences integrating Indigenous education and culturally-responsive teaching and learning focusing on cultural proficiency. She has also taught at cultural camps transitioning new teachers to Alaska before they move to the villages in the Calista region. She is a guest speaker and lecturer at teacher and principal in-service training in various school districts in the state.