An Anchorage teacher with a history of promoting radical leftist social agendas has been named as one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year award.
Catherine Walker, the 2024 Alaska Teacher of the Year, is a high school science and career and tech education teacher at Dimond High School. According to a press release from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) National Teacher of the Year Program, she is being celebrated for promoting “sustainability and stewardship of natural resources while encouraging students to build empathy and collaboration to solve problems in their community.”
The CCSSO award honors teachers by providing them with skills to help them “amplify their instructional practices as well as their voices and empowers them to take part in policy discussions at the state and national level.”
While Walker is being praised by Alaska’s mainstream media and local public officials as an accomplished educator, she uses her position to do much more than teach science and technology.
Walker also openly pushes the LGBTQ agenda among her students. Her classroom prominently features a large LGBTQ/Black Live Matter flag, and she proudly serves as the teacher-sponsor for the Dimond High School Gender-Sexuality Alliance club. According to the national GSA website, these groups serve as “vehicles for deep social change related to racial, gender, and educational justice” by connecting trans and queer students, affirming their various gender identities and establishing so-called “safe spaces” and activist campaigns to influence school policies.
Walker also leads student book club discussions in which she has guided teens through novels like “The Hate U Give.” This profanity-laced book follows the experience of a teenage girl who lives in the fictional inner-city neighborhood. On the surface, the novel highlights some of the realities of inner-city life, but one reviewer pointed out that it “presents a world in which black people and other minorities are oppressed at the hands of both white people and the police.”
“This oppressor/oppressed dichotomy is a major theme in the critical social theories, including Critical Race Theory (CRT), and it is a major theme in The Hate U Give … advanc[ing] a CRT–fueled mindset, one that looks to potentially violent activism as the solution for the ‘hate,’ or the oppression, forced on minorities by society.”
Outside the classroom, Walker’s Twitter (X) account is filled with reposted comments and articles that promote myriad leftist Alaska political candidates, climate alarmism, the LGBTQ agenda in schools and mass Covid vaccinations. She also rails against so-called “whiteness,” parental challenges to sexualized library books and people who fail to properly mask up or social distance.
If she wins Teacher of the Year this spring, CCSSO will work to amplify Walker’s influence and ability to federal policies and advance “equity.” The organization’s website claims that its National Teacher of the Year Program has been “the most prestigious teacher recognition program in the country for almost 70 years,” providing a platform for public school teachers to “elevate issues that affect teachers and their students, expand their leadership roles and inform policy and practice.”
Upon being notified that she was a finalist for this year’s award, Walker took the opportunity to plug more taxpayer funding for Alaska’s failing public schools.
“So, I feel like it’s a great opportunity to shine a light on that incredible work that’s being done with public schools in a time when public schools are struggling to get funding…” she said.