Dr. Karen GaborikSuperintendent of SchoolsDr. Karen Gaborik has been an educator in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District since 1995. She has served as superintendent since April 2014, and in Fall 2017 the Board of Education renewed her contract through June 30, 2021. Dr. Gaborik has earned numerous awards throughout her career including 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 president of the Alaska Superintendents Association. Dr. Gaborik is working to earn her national superintendent certification with the School Superintendents Association.
Dr. Gaborik earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and her teaching certification through the Teach for Alaska program. She holds a Master's of Education in special education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She received her Doctorate of Education in K-12 education administration from Argosy University.
As 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 began her career as a teacher at the high school level and later served as a middle school teacher and as assistant principal and principal of Lathrop High School.
Dr. Gaborik is committed to creating a system that empowers educators to meet the individual learning needs of every single student so all the children of the Fairbanks North Star Borough can achieve their fullest potential. She is passionate about building leadership capacity and facilitating collaborative leadership at every level.