Thunder Mountain High School on April 18, 2021. When school resumes in August, Juneau teacher Kelly Stewart will be the interim assistant principal, district officials announced on Friday. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Local teacher named assistant principal at TMHS

Kelly Stewart accepts interim role

The Thunder Mountain High School administrative team is in place for the 2021-2022 school year.

Juneau teacher Kelly Stewart was named the interim assistant principal at TMHS, district officials told the Empire late Friday. Her selection rounds out the administrative team at the school, as veteran educator John Luhrs, was last week named interim principal for TMHS.

Interim principal named at TMHS

Stewart replaces Adriana Northcutt, who resigned from the post to accept the top job at the Juneau Community Charter School. Luhrs replaces Steve Morrow, who recently left the district.

In a news release, district officials said that a team of interviewers selected Stewart and recommended her to Superintendent Bridget Weiss on Friday afternoon.

Stewart has 20 years of experience in special education. She’s been working in the Juneau School District since 2013, most recently as a special education teacher at Glacier Valley School, where she worked with students in kindergarten and first grade.

Principal seats are open at TMHS

Before that, she was a special education teacher in Surprise, Phoenix and Yuma, Arizona. She’s also worked as a paraprofessional for special needs students. She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University. In addition, she holds a master’s of educational leadership from the University of Alaska Southeast.

According to the district’s news release, Stewart has expertise in special education, behavioral health, early childhood development, English as a second language and multicultural classrooms. She also has held various leadership roles, including mentoring staff, supervising classified staff in special education, participating on school and district leadership teams, and serving as president of the Juneau Education Association.

• Contact reporter Dana Zigmund at dana.zigmund@juneauempire.com or 907-308-4891.

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