Dr. Lance Gibbon, Superintendent, 360.279.5008
Lance Gibbon took over the leadership of Oak Harbor Public Schools in 2013, after serving six years as assistant superintendent. Dr. Gibbon is the former principal of Fidalgo Elementary School in Anacortes and a former music teacher in the Lake Washington School District, where he also served as assistant principal and technology staff developer. He earned his doctorate in executive leadership and his superintendent credentials from Seattle Pacific University.
As a former professional musician and recording artist, Gibbon said he's passionate about the arts in schools and balancing the needs of every student. "We have to make sure every child has a school experience meeting academic, athletic and creative needs," he said. As Superintendent, Dr. Gibbon has made it clear that his focus will be first and foremost on student learning.
"This is our core function and mission and it is why most of us went into education - for the kids and helping them learn, Dr. Gibbon said. "My goal is to ensure we provide our students the best education we can in order to prepare them for life beyond high school."
Steve King, Assistant Superintendent, 360.279.5006
Steve King is in his third year as Assistant Superintendent for the Oak Harbor Public Schools. Prior to joining the Oak Harbor staff, King served as principal of the Mt. Baker Junior High and Mt. Baker High School, a school recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best in the country and twice with the Great Schools Award. He is a former Northwest League Distinguished Principal of the Year, and has a master's degree in education from Western Washington University.
"I enjoy working for Oak Harbor Public Schools, because the district has a great focus on caring for students by providing them with excellent instruction and opportunities to be successful in their school experience," said King. “I believe that every student in our district has an important place in our schools. We need to do our best to help each student reach their full potential."
For the district, King oversees the departments of Teaching and Learning, Special Programs and Information Services.