David Sheakley-Early


David J. Sheakley-Early is from the Tlingit tribe in southeast Alaska and of the Raven moiety. His Tlingit name is Yéil Yádi. His clan is the T’aḵdeintaan and is a child of the Shangukeidí from Hoonah.

David studied at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) where he ultimately earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree specializing in secondary education. His undergraduate degree was in art and biology with a minor in the Tlingit language. David has many combined years of teaching experience with the Juneau School District, University of Alaska Southeast, the tourism industry, and private entities. The content areas that David has taught are Tlingit language, art, photography, biology, marine biology, AVID, health, physical education, and percussion. 

Before going back to finish his degrees at UAS, David pursued a photography career for nineteen years operating his own photography business specializing in weddings, portraits, and photojournalism creating still images for newspapers, the Associated Press, magazines, and various publishing companies. David also has years of experience as a naturalist, trail hiking guide, ski and snowboard instructor, salmon caviar technician, general boat maintenance and auto-mechanic, limo driver, and owner of two small businesses. David is currently working at Sealaska Heritage Institute as an education project manager where he oversees the Thru the Cultural Lens education program and is an advocate for Tlingit language revitalization and culturally responsive education which supports Alaska Native students.

Sealaska Heritage Institute Education Programs: https://www.sealaskaheritage.org/institute/education/programs
David’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGaRmafJNwyMdMh6whDrh1g
David’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/babyravensview