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Mr. Zach Stenson
I am excited to be living in the Arctic as the principal of Kali School. Having spent the past 16 years as a teacher in my hometown of Juneau, this is a great opportunity to share some of my knowledge and enthusiasm for learning in this remarkable part of the state. I have had the pleasure to be a teacher in a variety of different roles: as a primary and intermediate elementary teacher, PE teacher, working with an alternative high school program, as well as starting up and managing several before and after school programs.
During the past 16 summers, I have owned and operated several different commercial fishing boats and have been able to fish out of many coastal ports in Southeast Alaska targeting halibut, salmon, cod, and crab. Additionally, I have owned and operated a small water taxi business in the town of Gustavus, AK for the past 6 summers, spending much of my time shuttling passengers in Glacier Bay National Park and managing a small number of captains who run the boat.
After completing a Master's in Educational Leadership at UAS, the comittee of school staff and community members who interviewed me, told me they thought I would be a good fit for Kali School. My wife Rebecca (also a teacher) and I decided to move our small family, including our one-year-old daughter Alyla Blue. I am fulfilling some lifelong goals through this experience. I am able to live in a very small and isolated town in the Arctic that has a very strong sense of history and culture. I am able to expand my role from a teacher to a school principal.
I hope to help lead Kali school in a direction towards serving students, families and the community. I would like to continue the current academic programs and, with time and understanding, address some of the academic challenges while striving to create a place of learning that honors the history, needs and interests of the students. By creating opportunities for community members to share their knowledge and teaching, I hope to help transform the school into a place that includes more opportunities for cultural learning, as well as learning job skills that can help students immediately after receiving their diploma.
I encourage people in the community that I have not yet had a chance to meet to come and introduce themselves. I believe that the school should serve the community, and I encourage all community members to share their thoughts on how we can make this school stronger, more challenging, more practical, more useful, and more successful for our students.