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Dr. Deena Paramo



Dr. Deena Paramo’s focus on student achievement and success is backed by her experiences in teaching and educational leadership. As superintendent of the largest school district in the state, she is firmly committed to the ASD’s vision to have every child prepared for the work force or post-secondary education after high school.

Paramo began her Alaska educational career in 1991 and has proudly served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of the Mat-Su Borough School District before being named ASD’s superintendent in July 2016.

Paramo holds a bachelor’s degree in Education with a specialization in bilingual education, a master’s degree in educational administration and a doctorate in learning assessment and system performance. She was part of the first graduating class for the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendents Certification two-year program.

She is active in several local and civic organizations including the Education Commission of the States, Alaska Superintendents’ Association, 90% by 2020 Partnership, Anchorage and Chugiak-Eagle River Chambers of Commerce, East Anchorage Rotary, Foraker Group and United Way. She serves on several non-profit boards and enjoys spending time with her family, snow and water skiing, running and interior painting. Dr. Paramo has two college-age daughters.

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About Dr. Paramo



September 16, 2016

As I reflect on Tuesday's events, which resulted in closing two schools for the day due to violence on our streets, I am overwhelmed with the amazing support of our community. Wednesday morning, students at Chugach Optional Elementary and Central Middle schools were greeted when they arrived by positive sidewalk-chalk messages born out of a grass-roots effort started by a University of Alaska Anchorage student.


Parents, students and staff were delighted to be served free hot chocolates and coffee from a Kaladi Brothers Coffee van parked in the parking lot. The Anchorage community supports its public schools, which was evident on Wednesday.


It's important to me that our students know good will prevail. Something negative happened on Tuesday. Those things are going to happen in life, but it's telling how our community responded: with love and support. That's what our students will remember.

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Lastly, but most importantly, I am thankful for our partnership with the Anchorage Police Department. We work closely with APD and it shares our values and priority of keeping our students and staff safe. Officers' quick action and prompt notification to my administration helped us make a quick decision, which was in the best interest of our students, families and employees.



Dr. Deena Paramo


Note: This letter originally appeared as a letter to the editor in the Alaska Dispatch News on Sept. 15, 2016


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 Parent engagement


This entry plan outlines specific strategies to provide Dr. Paramo the opportunity to learn about the district – its students and staff, and the community which supports ASD.

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 MECAC Committee


The district's Multicultural Education Concerns Advisory Committee (MECAC) works to ensure equity for ally students by providing input directly to the superintendent on relevant issues that impact student achievement, including parent involvement, community relations, curriculum adoption and implementation, cultural competence, and equity and other instructional concerns.


 News release, May 2, 2016


The Anchorage School Board named Dr. Deena Paramo as the next superintendent of the Anchorage School District.


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 Destination 2020


Destination 2020 is the district’s comprehensive, multi-year plan to increase student achievement. The plan focuses on improving the performance of every child to ensure at least one year’s academic growth each year. Destination 2020 is built on the district's mission, vision and core values as outlined by the school board.

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