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Principal's Corner

Principal: Andrea Zier

Andrea Zier will start her first year as Principal at North Bend Elementary. Andrea has been in education for 18 years serving 6 years as a classroom teacher and 12 years in school administration, including 8 years as a Principal.  

Andrea received her undergraduate degree from Washington State University, was Nationally Board Certified in 2010 and later pursued in Master’s Degree in Educational Administration.  

Andrea lives locally in North Bend with her husband (who is also an educator), two children, 3 dogs, 4 goats and backyard chickens. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, cooking and traveling.


Assistant Principal: Kathryn Gibson

My name is Katy Gibson and I am the Assistant Principal at both North Bend Elementary and Opstad Elementary!  I worked as an elementary teacher (private and public) for 16 years in Seattle and Mercer Island.  I then served as a K-5 Instructional Coach at West Mercer Elementary for almost 3 years.  At the end of the 2020-21 school year I was asked to step in and serve as Interim Associate Principal at West Mercer Elementary.

I received my Educational Administration Degree from Seattle University; my Master of Education in Reading and Literacy from City University; and my Bachelor of Arts degree in Language Arts and Elementary Education from Seattle Pacific University.  My son is a sophomore in high school and my daughter is in 7th grade.  In my free time, I love to walk my two dogs, read, and enjoy a good meal with my family.

It is an honor to be part of North Bend Elementary and Opstad Elementary. I am excited to continue to be part of strong school communities that support our students and each other.