Kenai Middle School administrator receives Principal of the Year award

The Alaska Secondary School Principals’ Association named Kenai’s Vaughn Dosko Principal of the Year for Region 3.

Dosko, the principal of Kenai Middle School, presented the award to his students and staff.

“This recognition isn’t about me, it’s about college and a number of years doing great things for kids,” he said. “It’s more of an award that all Kenai staff, students, community and parents should celebrate.”

Completing this year will be his 16th job for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Dosko said her road to education as a career was unique.

After graduating from high school, he went to college in Canada — his home country — for meteorology. When he decided college wasn’t for him, he said he wasn’t sure about his future. His mother encouraged him to continue his studies.

“I’ve always had an interest in working with children,” Dosko said. “And that’s how I got into education. (He) listened to my mother telling me what to do.

He earned degrees in education from colleges in North Dakota and Idaho, before making the trip to Alaska. He served as director in Tuluksak, a rural village upriver from Bethel, for six years, then moved to Kenai.

“There was an opportunity that came up, and my wife took it and so we just took the adventure and came and fell in love with Alaska and fell in love with the people,” Dosko said.

The most important aspect of education for his students, he said, is the relationships they form at school. The manager said Kenai Middle has a positive home environment.

“If the kids don’t feel like they’re part of a family, it’s very, very difficult for them to get out of school what they should be getting,” Dosko said. “Whatever relationship these kids have, that’s why kids end up succeeding, because they feel like they belong.”

Looking back on his tenure, he said he was most proud of being able to offer students a multi-faceted educational approach.

“At the end of the day, we’re proud of what we’re able to offer kids and give them a real, all-round education,” Dosko said. “And whatever their interests, we usually have something here that can match that.”

He is to be recognized at the 56th annual Alaska Principals’ Conference, which is currently scheduled for Oct. 14-15 in Anchorage.

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Martha K. Merrill