2011 Alaska School Principal Recognition Day

Governor Parnell proclaims School Principal Recognition Day is November 18, 2011! 

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District applauds the dedicated professionals who serve as principals and assistant principals at our forty-four schools. Thirty-nine principals and nine assistant principals serve in the KPBSD.  

“Please join me in thanking all of our principals and assistant principals on the excellent job that they do as instructional leaders and facility managers. The principal and assistant principal jobs are consuming and require a dedication that we may sometimes take for granted.  Please spend a moment on November 18 to show that this is not the case.”  -- Dr. Steve Atwater, KPBSD Superintendent 

Meet several of our dedicated leaders … 

 Soldotna  Elementary , Teri Diamond … a  “groovy” principal and her “groovy” sidekick…. 

Kenai Alternative High School, principal Loren Reese  

The pre-school students were excited to see Principal Reese dressed up as a pirate. They lovingly called him “Principal Pirate Reese.” Reese gives 110 % to the students at KAHS.  He has a great sense a humor, compassionate heart and is very fair dealing with the students.  

 Tustumena Elementary , Bob VanDerWege
Words aren’t enough to express how lucky we are at School to have a principal like Bob.  The staff, students, and community have all expressed their gratitude for having an individual that is so wonderful to be around. Kind, caring, hardworking, funny, energetic, computer tech, friendly, and the list goes on…He really deserves a day on the calendar for recognition!!

Ninilchik School, Jeff Ambrosier
Ninilchik kids in their own words
 Nikolaevsk School, Michael Sellers 
 Seward Elementary, David Kingsland

He’s our King!  He is enthusiastic, funny, understanding, organized and a fantastic boss to work for! 

Kenai Central High School, Alan Fields and Assistant Principal Jim Beeson    

Last year for the Hockey Alumni Game they agreed to Sumo Wrestle some of the SOHI staff.  These guys really go the extra mile to help and support our kids.  

 KCHS, Assistant Principal Jim Beeson 
 KCHS, Alan Fields 
Notice the Sumo trophy on Alan's desk... 
 Soldotna High School, Todd Syverson 
 Soldotna High School, Assistant Principal Tony Graham 

Paul Banks Elementary, Mr. Abraham   

Mr. Abraham loves to read with the Paul Banks students! One of his favorite sayings “It is what it is!” of course with that Arkansas accent! 


Nikiski North Star Elementary, Lisa Callahan   

Principal Callahan is a dedicated and energetic leader here at She works hard and always has a ready smile even in difficult situations.  She is very fair and treats students with care and respect.  Ms. Callahan sets high expectations for herself, her staff, and her students to help make Nikiski North Star Elementary the best it can be!  


Homer High School, Dr. Alan Gee  

Halloween with Coach Wyatt. “Dr. Gee is the best principal in the District! He tackles issues with steadfast professionalism, humor, honesty and understanding. He doesn’t just talk about issues, he makes things happen!” 


Redoubt Elementary, John Pothast
The Great Grocery Grab!


Kenai Middle School, Vaughn Dosko, Assistant Principal Dan Beck 

Seal release with SeaLife Center and 7th grade students, Kenai beach 


Mountain View Elementary, Norma Holmgaard  

Assembly time with storyteller Brett Dillingham   


Mountain View Elementary, Assistant Principal Michael Hanson  

Caring for the Kenai project, 2011  


Susan B English, Sheryl Hingley  

The Sea Otters!  


K-Beach Elementary, Melissa Linton, Assistant Principal Jennifer Dowd 

Special assembly to celebrate Peter Kalifornsky’s 100th birthday 


Cooper Landing, Christine Ermold 

School board presentation, 2011 






2011-2012 KPBSD District Administration