Juneau teacher Brenda Edwards has been named principal of Gastineau Elementary School.
Edwards currently teaches a Tlingit language and literacy program at Juneau’s Harborview Elementary.
She will take over Gastineau leadership in the next school year from interim principal Kathi Yanamurra.
The school district conducted a nationwide search for the new principal. Edwards has been working in the Juneau School District since 2005. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California at Los Angeles, and a masters in teaching from University of Alaska Southeast, where she is finishing a masters in educational leadership.
- The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating how and why a Juneau-bound helicopter ferrying tourists crashed during a glacier excursion. The pilot and six tourists were treated and released at Juneau's hospital with minor injuries.
- Part way through Wrangell’s salmon derby and just before the start of Petersburg’s derby, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is closing sport fishing around the mouth of the Stikine River because of low returns of king salmon.
- Miss Alaska USA Alyssa London was in Ketchikan this week, visiting Fawn Mountain Elementary School on Wednesday. London is the first Tlingit Miss Alaska USA, and she brought a message of pride to the kids at Fawn Mountain, which has a large population of Alaska Native students.
- The beer-centric celebration is a quarter-century old this year and it’s bigger than ever. Twenty-five breweries will offer samplings to nearly 2,000 attendees.