Mr. John O'Brien, Superintendent of Schools


John O'Brien, Superintendent  

Contact Information:
Lisa Gabriel
Administrative Secretary
Superintendent/School Board

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Superintendent's Message

Dear parents, students, staff, and Kenai Peninsula Borough communities: 

I offer a heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Clayton Holland who was selected by the Board of Education as KPBSD’s next Superintendent of Schools. I have known and worked closely with Clayton for the past sixteen years, and am confident that the school board chose the right person to lead this district into the future. Over the next four months until my retirement, I will work with Mr. Holland on a transition and onboarding plan to set him and KPBSD up for success. There is much work for us to do with filling vacancies in the KPBSD and building leadership positions, developing the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget, celebrating our graduating seniors, closing out the current school year, and planning for the 2021-2022 school year.

Superintendent John O’Brien   

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Personalized Learning in KPBSD

Personalized learning shifts from a one-size-fits-all factory model of education to better prepare students for the jobs and needs of their future. The design of instruction and the classroom allow educators to respond to the individual needs of students instead of expecting students to fit the current mold or adapt to unsuccessful learning structures. PL does not replace teachers with computers. Many of our teachers implement elements of PL in their classrooms right now, and we will now build on this foundation to create an even better learning environment. Key elements your child will experience include:   

  • Teachers integrate digital content, which allows for a differentiated path and pace based on individual student needs
  • Teachers use targeted instruction based on specific student needs and learning goals
  • Teachers use current and relevant data to help inform instructional decisions and groupings
  • Students engage in ongoing self-reflection that promotes ownership of their learning 

When will PL formally start in KPBSD schools?  

Every KPBSD school is doing some degree of work with personalized learning. However, the formal work of individual schools and teachers working directly toward personalized learning will be rolled out in three "waves" over the next year.   

  • Wave 1 schools began their work in spring 2017, and will continue in the fall of 2017.
  • Wave 2 schools will begin their formal work with Education Elements in the fall of 2017.
  • Wave 3 schools will begin their formal work with Education Elements in the spring of 2018. 


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