Gary Keeler has been selected as principal for Northshore School District’s Bear Creek Elementary.
Keeler has been an educator for 35 years, with 15 of those years in Northshore School District. Most recently Keeler was at Lockwood Elementary. Last year he chose to retire to spend time with his family. After a year off, Keeler is refreshed, renewed and ready to lead Bear Creek for the 2019-20 school year.
“It’s wonderful to be back - I already feel at home,” said Keeler, who was introduced as principal to Bear Creek staff and families this morning.
During his time with Northshore, Keeler spent nine years at Bear Creek so he is familiar with the school, the programs and some of the staff.
“With the multiple programs here at Bear Creek, I’m excited to connect with each of them and continue to be a partner with the school community,” said Keeler.
“There are many strengths in our world today,” said Superintendent Michelle Reid, Ed. D. “Mr. Keeler, with his quiet, deep and steady strength, is best suited to support each of our Bear Creek students, staff and community."
In addition to his time at Bear Creek and Lockwood, Keeler was an Assistant Principal at Moorlands and Fernwood elementaries. Keeler also held leadership positions in the Bellingham School District and was a teacher in Monroe.
Keeler earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central Washington University. He went on to earn his master’s in curriculum & instruction from City University. Additionally, he completed University of Washington’s Danforth Program for his principalship, as well as Seattle Pacific University’s executive leadership program.
With Keeler’s experience and expertise he is ready to excel and is committed to student engagement, community building and transparency.
“I am familiar with this community and know how supportive they are of this school,” said Keeler. “I look forward to working with them and supporting their growth.”