Shawn Arnold began serving as superintendent of Nome Public Schools in December 2014. Prior to assuming the position, he served as Director of Special Programs and Human Resources. Mr. Arnold is currently under contract as superintendent until June 2019.
Arnold received his Superintendent Certification through the University of Alaska Southeast and Principal Certification through the University of Alaska Anchorage. He holds a Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Alaska Southeast, Master of Education in Secondary Social Studies from Wayland Baptist University, and received a Master of Arts in Military History at Norwich University. In addition to receiving his Bachelor of Arts in History from University of Alaska Anchorage, he holds undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and Human Resources.
Born to military parents, Arnold has spent his adult life in Alaska, first arriving with the United States Air Force in 1993. After 10 years of active duty service, he became an English and History teacher working in Yukon-Koyukuk School District and Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, where he later moved into administration. Mr. Arnold remains a skilled and student-focused leader possessing a strong commitment to the development of students and staff in a stimulating, safe, and motivating learning environment.