Gerry is the Director of Professional Learning at SERRC and a Senior Associate for the Center on Culturally Proficient Educational Practices. He directed the development and creation of an evaluation framework for the Alaska Cultural Standards in a document called: Culture in the Classroom. Gerry’s passion is in sharing the belief that a person must clearly understand one’s own assumptions, beliefs, and values about people and cultures different from one’s self in order to be effective in cross-cultural settings. His 30+ years in education has given him extensive experience as an elementary teacher, principal, and literacy director. Gerry has led technical assistance to AK DEED with the Alaska Comprehensive Center, and was the Alaska liaison to the National Center on Teacher Quality and the National Center on Innovation and Improvement.