Local child care worker wins regional award
Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot
Evenson is the Eagle's Nest teacher for the K-5 grade after school program at the Children's Center.
Fillmore Evenson, Petersburg's Children's Center Eagle's Nest lead teacher, won Southeast Alaska's School Age Caregiver of the Year.
Evenson has been working at the Children's Center for around six years and last year began leading the Eagle's Nest class-an after school program for K-5 graders.
"After their brains are already filled with information, then I get the aftermath," Evenson joked.
Children's Center Director Terri Falter said since Evenson has been leading the program, student enrollment has doubled.
"I have parents call me because their kids want to go to Eagle's Nest," Falter said. "They might take a day off and say to their kids 'Hey we're going to stay home and go out the road,' and their children are begging their parents to come play with Fillmore."
Evenson said he enjoys working on science experiments with the kids, one of which is called 'Elephant Toothpaste.'
"It's a concoction of hydrogen peroxide and dry yeast and what you come up with is essentially a giant foam explosion," Evenson said.
The Southeast Alaska Chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children gave Evenson the award.