The Union Alternative Education Program was created to better meet the needs of Union students who have been unsuccessful in the regular education program. Students from ninth through 12th grades are enrolled in the program housed at 5656 S. 129 E. Ave.
The Alternative School is not a punishment program. Instead, it is intended to lead students toward success in the mainstream of education through the use of innovative teaching techniques, greater access to counseling services, more individualized course study, flexible scheduling, lower student/teacher ratios (15:1 or less), and a more supportive classroom atmosphere.
Chris Ducker started his career as a teacher for Union Public Schools in 2006. He has served as the principal of Union Alternative School for several years. He had taught Algebra 1 and Geometry at Union Intermediate High School before taking a position as an administrative intern at the Intermediate High School in 2011. The following year, he became an Assistant Principal at Union High School where he served three years.
Ducker received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Northeastern State University in 2006, and he received his master’s degree in school administration at Northeastern State University in 2012. He plans to continue his education in the future, as a pursuit to be a life-long learner.
Ducker worked in the FOCUS program at Union for four years and was the 2009-2010 Intermediate High School Teacher of the Year. He also served as the 10th grade Mathematics Instructional Team Leader during the 2010-2011 school year.