North Kitsap School Board hires new principal for Gordon Elementary: Karen Tollefson

KINGSTON — Gordon Elementary School has a new principal.

Karen Tollefson, most recently the principal of White Pass Elementary, will replace Rachel Osborn. The North Kitsap School Board approved the recommendation to hire Tollefson during the June 11 board meeting.

Tollefson will be the third principal at Gordon in the same amount of school years. Claudia Alves transferred to Poulsbo Elementary after the 2011-12 school year. Rachel Osborn was principal in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.

Osborn resigned as principal April 14, effective the end of the school year. She is leaving to complete her studies for a doctorate, she previously said.

Tollefson has led White Pass Elementary since 2012. Prior to that, she was a principal intern at Harbor Heights Elementary in the Peninsula School District between 2011-12.

Tollefson taught in the Peninsula School District from 1991 to 2012. Before that, she taught in the Anacortes School District from 1984 to 1991.

Tollefson has a bachelor of arts from Arizona State University and master of arts in special education from Western Washington University. She is National Board certified and has principal certification from WWU.


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