St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Anchorage will be under new leadership next year when long-time principal Jim Bailey officially retires in May. The hiring of incoming Principal Kathleen Gustafson was announced Feb. 3. She will begin work at the conclusion of the current academic year.
According to an announcement by the school, Gustafson is a veteran of the Anchorage School District. Originally from Park Rapids, Minn., she has worked in public education in Alaska for the past 25 years. She has taught in Sand Point, Dillingham and several elementary schools within the Anchorage School District. Currently, she works as an elementary administrator in the Anchorage School District.
Gustafson has a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and a masters of arts in teaching from Grand Canyon University. She has a bachelor of science in elementary education with an emphasis in mathematics and art.
Gustafson and her family have been members of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish for the past 16 years. Her husband, Sven, is the principal of Romig Middle School. They have two children, Steven and Julie.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is a parish-sponsored school that serves approximately 160 students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Opened in 1980, the school provides families throughout Anchorage with Catholic education that addresses the spiritual, academic, social, and emotional needs of students. The school’s mission is to “provide an excellent Catholic education in a Christ-like environment while focusing on its core values of faith, family and excellence.”