Janelle Vanasse named superintendent of Mt. Edgecumbe
Janelle Vanasse of Bethel , soon to graduate from the UAS superintendent program as a member of the first cohort, has been named Superintendent/Director of Mt. Edgecumbe High School, the state-operated boarding school in Sitka. She will be working with Dr. Mary Wegner, the Sitka superintendent and also a member of the first UAS Superintendent Cohorts.
Ms. Vanasse is director of secondary education at the Lower Kuskokwim School District and has served as principal and assistant principal of Bethel Regional High School, and executive director of Yuut Elitnaurviat, a non-profit in Bethel that provides vocational training to youth and adults. Ms. Vanasse also was a specialist in special education and grants for the Lower Kuskokwim School District and a teacher in Fairbanks.
Among her duties at the Lower Kuskokwim School District, Ms. Vanasse oversaw its Ready Academies, which are boarding programs of variable length; oversaw student data and testing; supervised school administrators; and provided professional development for principals and teachers.
Ms. Vanasse holds a bachelor of science degree in special education from St. Cloud University in Minnesota, a master of education degree in administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and will complete her superintendent’s endorsement from the University of Alaska Southeast in May. The State Board of Education & Early Development is the school board for Mt. Edgecumbe High School. The board approved Ms. Vanasse’s appointment March 22 at its meeting in Juneau.
For nearly 70 years, Mt. Edgecumbe High School has played a unique role in Alaska education. The vast majority of its students are Alaska Native. At any given time, it serves students from 100-plus communities, many of them small villages. In Mt. Edgecumbe High School’s classrooms and dormitories, the state’s future leaders and achievers in many fields forge relationships for a lifetime. Dr. Laster, the Chair of the Educational Leadership Program at UAS and the designer of the only Superintendent Endorsement Program in Alaska, commented, “It is highly appropriate that a genuine Alaska leader will be guiding Alaska’s next generation of leaders.”
Credit to Emily Kwong KCAW