Juneau-Douglas High School Assistant Principal Paula Casperson has been chosen as the new principal. Juneau’s Board of Education approved the appointment Tuesday night.
She has worked at JDHS for nine years and has worked in other schools in state and in California for an additional eight years.
The move came after a nationwide search and the district held public interviews for outside candidates.
Superintendent of Schools Glenn Gelbrich said in a prepared statement that Casperson was the overwhelming preference of the interview committee based on her skills, as well as her knowledge of and commitment to the community.”
Casperson holds a BA in Anthropology and a Masters in Education from Stanford University. She finished her administrative work in the Educational Leadership program at the University of Alaska. She also has special training in areas critical for effective school leadership, such as Master Schedule Building, Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), according to the press release. In 2013, Casperson received the William Demmert Leadership Award for lifetime achievement for significant contributions to the education of Alaska Native children and youth.
Casperson succeeds Ryan Alsup, who has accepted a high school principal position in his home state of Colorado.