John Juvinall, Principal

John Juvinall came to Stebbins from the Tacoma School District in Washington State, where he taught computer science, math and physical education for over 20 years at all levels of K-12 education.

After receiving a degree in Education from Central Washington University, John began his career in education in 1986 in the Cape Flattery School District working with the Makah tribal community.

A lifelong learner with Master degrees in Computer Science and Education Administration, John brings a well-rounded, diverse perspective and a commitment to shared leadership. As an advocate for children and families, John is dedicated to strengthening communities through education.

Christine Foster, Assistant Principal

I originally hail from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, located in the Upper Peninsula on the border of Canada. I am a proud Yooper! I have one son and three beautiful grandchildren – two boys and a girl – living in Sault Ste. Marie.

This school year, 2018-2019, I will serve as the Assistant Principal here in Stebbins after being the Special Education teacher for 4 years. I look forward to a positive, growing year!!

I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I have endorsements in Early Childhood (ZA) and Special education (LD). In 2009, I earned a Masters Degree in Administration.

I served as a medic in the Army from 1986-1991. I was a member of the 21st Evacuation Hospital, which is a MASH unit.

I love to walk outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature. I enjoy Native dance, reading, cooking, traveling, movies, and get-togethers with friends. I was able to perform my First Dance in March of 2017.

I’m starting my 6th year with BSSD and 5th year in Stebbins. I love living in western Alaska, especially in Stebbins!!

Sarah Swanson, Counselor

Before moving up to Stebbins I called Minnesota home. I grew up in Minneapolis, left for college and got my first counseling job in Fergus Falls, MN. From there I moved to Alberta, Canada to work at a small college for several years. I returned to Minnesota and came to you fresh off of 17 years of counseling at a middle school in Bloomington.

I have a little bit of experience in Alaska; I cooked for a large set-net crew out of Kodiak for several summers. It's hard to leave Minneapolis in the summer because I can't harvest my veggie garden. Other hobbies include: travel, sewing, reading, music (listening not performing), drinking good coffee with friends and being an enthusiastic fan of high school sports.

Rayna Halverson, Instructional Coach

My name is Rayna Halverson. This will be my fifth year teaching in Stebbins and my sixth year working for BSSD. I started my professional teaching career teaching ECE and then moved up to 1st grade the following year. I have spent the last 3 years teaching 2nd grade, having the privilege of working with Marie Otten-Pete.

This year, I will use my past experience and apply it to the Instructional Coach position. I look forward to working closely with my administration and colleagues.

I received my Master’s in Education and my ESL endorsement from Portland State University. I supported myself in academics by working in retail and for a head start school. I’m passionate about art, technology, and wildlife.

I look forward to another year in Stebbins and getting more involved in community activities. I’m thankful for my fellow staff members and the amazing students that attend our school. Here’s to another amazing academic school year.