Principal's Message

Message from Principal Tollefson

I am honored to be the Principal of Gordon Elementary and North Kitsap Options.  I have been an educator for 37 years and this is my fourth year as principal of Gordon Elementary and North Kitsap Options.  I received my undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, and master’s degree from Western Washington University.  I’m passionate about learning and as a teacher, earned National Board Certification as a Middle Child Generalist.

My core beliefs are centered around student learning and success. I am committed to all our students and families in our school community. Our instructional team consists of a dedicated group of teachers, para educators and other staff members who believe that all students can learn and grow, both academically and social-emotionally.  At Gordon, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, and are committed to collaborating and learning together so that we can impact academic growth and achievement for every student, each and every day. 

Knowing strong schools make strong communities, we strive to create positive partnerships with families and guardians, as well as community members. This teamwork is important in making school a positive and successful experience for your child.  I invite you to become an involved member of our school community in whatever capacity that fits your comfort level and schedule. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time and I would be happy to meet with you and discuss any questions, concerns or feedback you may have. 

I am looking forward to a great 17-18 schoolyear! 


Karen Tollefson, Principal
Richard Gordon Elementary (K-5)
North Kitsap Options (K-8)





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