Polly Smith’s interest and passion for adult literacy began many years ago as a volunteer tutor and teacher, and she has never looked back. She has worked with learners of all ages, from preschool in family-literacy programs to adults in college and the workforce. Polly has been awarded the Alaska Adult Education Association Administrator’s Award and the Alaska Adult Educations Association’s John L. Hulbert Award for outstanding long-term contributions to adult learning in the state of Alaska.
Polly is a teacher, trainer and administrator for the Alaska Literacy Program, a volunteer-based nonprofit providing literacy instruction to adults and families with young children. She has a Master’s degree in Education, Learning Disabilities. She serves on the board of the Commission of Adult Basic Education and as secretary for the ProLiteracy Council of State Organizations. She is an ardent admirer of all things Alaskan, realizing her childhood dream of becoming an Alaskan in 1987.