State of Alaska
Professional Teaching Practices Commission

Mission Statement

The Professional Teaching Practices Commission’s intent is to serve as a preventative and positive force in helping to enhance the professional performance of all educators so that the public’s right to the best education possible for all of Alaska’s students is adequately protected.

In 1966, the education profession in the state of Alaska was granted the right and responsibility to define and to enforce ethical standards of its members. The Alaska Legislature established and empowered a nine-member Commission to impose sanctions against the certificates of educators who engage in illegal, immoral, or unethical conduct. The Professional Teaching Practices Commission is composed of five teachers, one superintendent, one principal, one representative of the Department of Education & Early Development, and one representative of higher education.

Scheduled Meetings

The Alaska State Professional Teaching Practices Commission (PTPC) is tentatively scheduled to meet September 21-22, 2015, January 25-26, 2016 and April 25-26, 2016 in Anchorage for the 2016 fiscal year. The Commission plans to consider disciplinary actions against certificate holders, to conduct administrative reviews, and to discuss other Commission business at the Talking Book Center, 344 West 3rd Avenue.

Individuals with disabilities who may need auxiliary aid, service, or assistance may contact the PTPC office prior to the meeting. The public is welcome. For more information, call PTPC 269-6579.

Commission Members

Melody Mann (Chair)
Teacher Representative

Maureen van Wagner (Vice Chair)
Teacher Representative

Frances Roberts (Secretary)
Teacher Representative

David DeVaughn
Teacher Representative

Eric Fry
DEED Representative

Dr. Martin Laster
Higher Ed Representative

David Piazza
Superintendent Representative

David Legg
Principal Representative

Rebecca Himschoot
Teacher Representative

The Commission deals with matters of professional conduct and certification. It has the responsibility and the power to discipline members of the teaching profession and may issue reprimands, suspensions, and/or revocations of educators’ certificates.





Recent Commission Action

Important Dates

  • 2015-2016 Commission Meetings
    • September 21, 2015
    • January 25-26, 2016
    • April 25-26, 2016

Contact Us

  • Executive Director
  • Secretary
  • 344 West Third Ave., Suite 127
    Anchorage, AK 99501
  • Telephone: (907) 269-6579
    Fax: (907) 269-5070