Dr. Karen Gaborik has been an educator in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District since 1995. She was named superintendent in April 2014, and her current contract extends to June 30, 2021. Dr. Gaborik has earned numerous awards throughout her career including Alaska Superintendent of the Year, Alaska Principal of the Year and the Personalized Learning Pioneer Award. She has been active in the Alaska Council of School Administrators since her years as a building administrator and is currently past-president of the Alaska Superintendents Association. Dr. Gaborik earned her National Superintendent Certification from AASA, the School Superintendents Association.
Dr. Gaborik holds a Doctorate of Education in K-12 education administration from Argosy University; a Master's of Education in special education from the University of Alaska, Anchorage; and a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
A lifelong Fairbanks resident, Dr. Gaborik brings a unique and valuable perspective to the position of superintendent, having both attended and worked at multiple district schools. She served as assistant superintendent, Lathrop High School principal and assistant principal, and taught at the middle and high school levels.
Dr. Gaborik is passionate about building leadership capacity and facilitating collaborative teams at every level. She is committed to creating a system that empowers district educators to meet the individual academic and social-emotional needs of children so that every single student in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District can be a successful learner.