New Principal/Teacher Announcement

Good afternoon Parents and Community Members of Nanwalek. We have some exciting news to share!

Nanwalek School and KPBSD is happy to announce that Mrs. Penny Bearden-Brown will be the next Principal/Teacher at Nanwalek Elementary/High School!

Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Bearden-Brown in her new position as Principal/Teacher.

Below is a message from Mrs. Bearden-Brown:

“I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Nanwalek family and am excited to serve in this new way as the Principal / Teacher for Nanwalek School. I want to thank the community of Nanwalek for all their support through this process and KPBSD for trusting me with this position. Mr. Crain and I are working hard to ensure a smooth transition for our students and staff. I look forward to working with all of you!

Thank You, Again!”

Penny Bearden-Brown

Nanwalek Principal Interviews


Principal interviews for Nanwalek School will be taking place May 13th, 2021 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Please see how the candidate sessions are broken up:

Interview 1
3:30 to 3:40 Zoom Audience Members Join
3:40 to 3:45 Introduction of Candidate
3:45 to 4:30 Interview with Candidate

Interview 2
4:30 to 4:40 Zoom Audience Members Join
4:40 to 4:45 Introduction of Candidate
4:45 to 5:30 Interview with Candidate

Interview 3
5:30 to 5:40 Zoom Audience Members Join
5:40 to 5:45 Introduction of Candidate
5:45 to 6:30 Interview with Candidate

Zoom Information:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 865 0466 3782
Passcode: 389783

Audience Input Survey
Please see the link below for the Audience Input Survey . This will go live at 3:30 PM AKST May 13th, 2021. The due date of no later than May 14th@ 5:00 PM AKST is noted at the top of the form.

Food Service Program Closed

April 29, 2021

Dear Parents,

We are writing to inform you of a change in Food Services at the school and the extended school day that will begin Monday, May 10. At this time, we do not have anyone who can substitute in Food Services. After discussions with KPBSD human resources, our district food service manager, and the district director for our school, we concluded the need to stop our Food Service Program for the remainder of this school year.

What does this mean?

  • There will not be breakfast or lunch meals at school starting May 10th
  • All students will return home for lunch. The new lunch break is 11:45 to 12:45
  • The school day will be extended and end at 3:30, starting May 10th

To recap: Please make sure that all students return on time, at 12:45. Since lunch has been extended by 30 minutes to compensate travel to and from home, we will also need to extend the school day by 30 minutes. The student release time will now be at 3:30 instead of 3:00.  Food services will end at the end of this week. Students will be sent home for lunches starting May 10 – May 19, from 11:45-12:45. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we end the Food Service Program this school year. We apologize for any inconveniences this may bring to you and your family. If you have any questions please call the office at 907-281-2210.

Nanwalek School Staff Changes

Dear Nanwalek parents and community,

KPBSD and Nanwalek school would like to notify you of a change in staffing for the upcoming school year. Mr. Crain has accepted another administrative position within KPBSD and will be moving from Nanwalek and will no longer be the Regional Principal of Nanwalek and Port Graham. Below is a message from Mr. Crain.

From Mr. Crain: “I want to thank the communities of Nanwalek and Port Graham for the time that I have had in their beautiful communities. It has been a pleasure to work with all of our students, staff, parents, community members, and Village Councils over the last three years. I will always cherish the time I have spent in both communities working with everyone. I am wishing the best for everyone in Nanwalek and Port Graham.”

KPBSD Leadership will be in touch with both communities soon to start the hiring process and gather community and staff input of what they would like to see in a new Principal.

Thank You,

Nanwalek School

Yearbook Orders

Nanwalek students have been working hard on the yearbook and are taking orders now.

Cost: $12.00 plus shipping of $2.50. Yearbooks will be shipped directly to individual homes. All orders must be placed online – no cash orders.

To make an order:

August Enrollment Intent Survey

Assistant Superintendent Clayton Holland requests help from KPBSD parents to plan for the school year beginning in August, through a brief intent to enroll survey, open through Friday, April 16, 2021.

When school begins in August, KPBSD will offer in-person learning at all 42 schools. Alaska has made
great strides with the pandemic, and while we are unable to predict the future, it is our intent that students and staff will not be required to wear masks or other face coverings next school year.
To help our schools plan, please answer the following questions on this short survey that is open April 5-16, This will help us prepare for the upcoming school year.

Thank you for your time,
Assistant Superintendent Clayton Holland (incoming Superintendent, July 1, 2021)

To take the brief districtwide intent to enroll survey is simple:
(Everyone is asked to complete the survey even if they already let their school know their intent to
return or enroll)

  1. Go to the KPBSD Forms portal at and log-in to
    PowerSchool or create an account, then select “2021 August
    Enrollment Intent” survey
  2. Questions? Here are FAQs:
  3. The survey closes Friday, April 16, 2021. Thank you!