School District Fills Administrator Positions

The Juneau School District has completed a nationwide search for four administrative level positions for the next school year.

High School Principal Positions

Two different interview committees, each made up of staff members from the Juneau Education Association, Juneau Education Support Staff, Juneau School Administrators Association, Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich and parents, held public interviews for high school positions this week. Written feedback was accepted from staff members and the public.

Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School Principal

Kristin Garot has been chosen to lead Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School and the Montessori Borealis, HomeBRIDGE, Miller House and Montana Creek programs of the Juneau School District. Garot was an English teacher at Thunder Mountain High School for five years. She served as English department chair, director and play production advisor, Model UN advisor, debate coach and Broadcast Journalism Program coordinator. Prior to that, she spent nine years at Juneau-Douglas High School and also taught in Itadori, Japan and King Cove, Alaska.

Superintendent Gelbrich says, “We are delighted about the many talents that Kristin brings to this unique position.” He continued, “I am pleased that the interview panel, with representatives from a number of these diverse programs, came together in agreement and recommended Kristin for the job.”

Teacher and interview panel member Cory Crossett agrees, “On behalf of the families, students and staff of Montessori Borealis, we enthusiastically welcome Kristin Garot as the new principal of the Marie Drake options building.  Kristin's talent as a veteran classroom teacher and vision as an educational leader are welcome additions to Montessori Borealis and all optional programs under her guidance.  We look forward to working with Ms. Garot to strengthen relationships, deepen understanding and nurture a vibrant sense of community both within the Juneau School District Montessori Community and among all the wonderful programs under the Marie Drake roof.”

Garot holds a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of Alaska Southeast, as well as Master of Arts in Teaching and Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Trinity University in Texas.

Juneau-Douglas High School Assistant Principal

Juneau teacher Kristy Germain will be the next Assistant Principal for Juneau-Douglas High School. Germain was born and raised in Juneau, and is a Juneau-Douglas High School graduate. She taught Social Studies and English at JDHS for ten years. She was JDHS All Student Body Advisor as they received the 2013 AASG Student Council of Excellence Award. Germain was named Alaska Association of Student Government Advisor of the Year in 2012.  

Principal Paula Casperson is looking forward to working with Germain in this new capacity, “I am really excited to have an Assistant Principal who is as proud as I am of the long standing tradition of excellence that Juneau-Douglas offers its students.” She added, “Kristy’s extensive training and experience in instructional leadership will be valuable assets as we move our school forward. Our students, staff and community are very lucky to have her.”

Germain holds a Master of Educational Leadership and Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History and minor in Political Science from Albertson College of Idaho.

Student Services Department

Special Services Director

Maggie Mathews has been chosen as an interim Director of Student Services for the 2013-2014 school year. She will oversee the Special Education Program, as well as other student-related services such as nursing, counseling, homeless, student safety and school climate.

Maggie comes to the Juneau School District having retired out of Oregon.  While there, she served as a Student Services Director for four years and as a Student Services Coordinator for eight years.  Recently, Maggie worked part-time in Tennessee to be close to her family while her sons were serving in the military there.  The school district will begin recruiting for a permanent replacement for this position in January.

Special Education Coordinator

In May, Juneau resident Meredith Jaecks was hired as Special Education Coordinator in the Student Services Department. Jaecks has 13 years experience working with special education students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. She currently works with the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. In this role she monitors and provides technical support to Alaska districts, works with state and federal requirements, conducts intensive reviews, and helps develop procedures on a statewide basis

Her background includes work as a Special Education Teacher for the Dillingham City Schools, Teacher of the Deaf in school districts in Washington and California, as well as Educational Outreach Consultant for the Wyoming Department of Education.

Juneau Special Education Support Teachers Lynn Marvel and Stacy Diouf participated in the hiring process, and are excited to welcome Meredith to the team. Marvel explains, “We feel that Meredith’s background as a special education teacher, work with districts in Alaska and experience with the Department of Education will be incredibly valuable to the position.” Diouf agreed, “Her great energy, strong communication skills and ability to build effective systems will provide support and vision to our Special Education Program.”

“I am really excited to join such a talented team of teachers, administrators and support professionals,” Jaecks says, “I am looking forward to making a positive contribution to the community.”

Jaecks has a Masters of Education in Special Education with an emphasis in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education from Lewis & Clark College in Portland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Inter-Cultural Communication from Washington State University.