Principal: Stephanie Shepherd

  • Stephanie Shepherd, Principal
    Stephanie Shepherd has been Principal at North Bend Elementary School since 2017.  During the 2016-2017 school year, she served as Assistant Principal to both NBE and SES.  Prior to joining Snoqualmie Valley schools, Mrs. Shepherd was an Early Learning Facilitator in the Renton School District, providing leadership support in the development of the district’s early childhood programming for grades PreK-3. She also worked at the Puget Sound Educational Services District in Renton as a PreK-3rd Grade Systems Coach.
    Previously, she worked with the Success for All Foundation for several years, as a consultant and facilitator for school districts in Guam, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon and Nevada. Shepherd began her career teaching Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades in Pa’auilo, Hawaii. She has earned her Principal’s Certificate from Seattle Pacific University, a Master’s degree in Education Technology from the University of Hawaii, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nevada. 


Assistant Principal: Kathryn Gibson

  • Kathryn Gibson, Assistant PrincipalMy name is Katy Gibson and I am the Assistant Principal at both North Bend Elementary and Opstad Elementary!  I worked as an elementary teacher (private and public) for 16 years in Seattle and Mercer Island.  I then served as a K-5 Instructional Coach at West Mercer Elementary for almost 3 years.  At the end of the 2020-21 school year I was asked to step in and serve as Interim Associate Principal at West Mercer Elementary.

    I received my Educational Administration Degree from Seattle University; my Master of Education in Reading and Literacy from City University; and my Bachelor of Arts degree in Language Arts and Elementary Education from Seattle Pacific University.  My son is a sophomore in high school and my daughter is in 7th grade.  In my free time, I love to walk my two dogs, read, and enjoy a good meal with my family.

    It is an honor to be part of North Bend Elementary and Opstad Elementary. I am excited to continue to be part of strong school communities that support our students and each other.



    Katy Gibson