Mendenhall River Community School has a new principal.
The Juneau School District announced Saturday that Kristy Dillingham will fill the school’s top position beginning in August. She is coming to Juneau from Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she is the assistant principal of El Camino Real Academy, a prekindergarten through 8th grade school. Dillingham is no stranger to Juneau. She taught in Juneau and served as the Academic Policy Committee president for the Juneau Community Charter School.
“I am honored to have been asked to be the principal of Mendenhall River Community School,” Dillingham said in a prepared statement. “I am excited to begin working with families, students and staff.”
The school district chose Dillingham after interviewing five applicants on Friday at the school. The school’s current principal, Kathryn Milliron, is retiring at the end of the year.
Dillingham holds masters degrees in educational leadership and teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast. Her undergraduate degree is in recreation management from the University of Southern Mississippi.