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Press Release: FNSBSD Assistant Superintendent Selected | April 18, 2023


Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Subject: FNSBSD Assistant Superintendent Selected

FAIRBANKS–The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is pleased to announce Sarah Gillam as the Assistant Superintendent of secondary schools starting the 2023-24 school year.  

In 2005, Sarah moved from a small farming town in Minnesota to teach at Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska. After six years of teaching in the Anchorage/Mat-SU Valley, Sarah and her husband decided to move to Fairbanks and raise their family. She started working for the school district at North Pole Middle School before being hired as an assistant principal at West Valley High School. Sarah served three years as the assistant principal before becoming Principal at West Valley High in 2016.

Sarah has a masters degree in educational leadership in administration from Capella University and a bachelor's degree in psychology and social studies education from St. Olaf College.

“Principal Gillam is a proven leader, she has classroom and building level experience that will bring a real depth to the work of this position," said Karen Melin, Chief School Administrator. “I am so glad to have a person with Sarah’s leadership and experience in this role.”

Sarah shared, “I am honored to be selected for this position and to be able to continue to serve the students, staff, and schools of the district. I come from a family of educators and believe strongly in public education and the role it plays in building a strong community.”

The district’s hiring and interview process for the assistant superintendent position included an opportunity for both external and internal candidates.

For more information, please contact: Joshua DuVall, Director of Communications, (907) 452-2000 ext.11438,