• Principal’s Message

    Dear Nanook Parents, Guardians, and Families,


    Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  My name is Jay Thomas and I am the new principal at Nome-Beltz JR/SR High School.  I have been an Alaskan educator for nearly 20 years.  I began my Alaskan adventure as a teacher in St. Marys, and then principal/teacher in Akutan.  I taught sixth grade in Unalakleet, and have been a principal in Teller, Unalakleet, Barrow, and Mountain Village.  My wife and I have one adult son and two grandsons.  My wife is currently teaching at the Nome Elementary School.

    We have a few new teachers this year: Doug Coulter is teaching Jr. High Language Arts.  He taught in Koyuk for five years and is most recently in China for three years.  Dennis Maggio is teaching Math at the high school level.  This his second year in Alaska, but he has 18 years of experience teaching and as an administrator in Texas. Grace D’Antonio is teaching HS Social Studies.  She has been working in the Lower Yukon School District for the past three years and hails from Oregon. Rounding out our new teachers is Lee Skelton, who is our Jr. High SPED teacher.  She has numerous years of experience and comes to us from Louisiana. Please welcome our new and returning staff as the school year quickly moves into full speed.

    Thank you,


    Jay Thomas, Principal