Meet Naomi Winters

Ms. Winters is the Principal of Galena Interior Learning Academy. Originally from Colorado, she has been in education for 14 years. Naomi and her husband, Jake, GILA’s PE/Health teacher and basketball coach, are pleased to be celebrating their second year with us in Galena. 

From classroom teaching to special education experience, and school leadership certification, she brings a unique skillset and wealth of knowledge to our district’s leadership team. 


October 3, 2022

Hello GILA families and community, 

I am honored and excited to move into the role of Principal at GILA and would like to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about myself. I am originally from Colorado. This is my second year in Galena, and I have been serving as the Assistant Principal at GILA. 

My husband Jake is the PE/Health teacher and basketball coach. We have three children, and our youngest son is completing his senior year of high school in Galena. 

I hold a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with Elementary Education Certification and obtained an additional Special Education Endorsement. In 2019-2020, I completed the Alaska School Leadership Academy, where I built and refined school leadership skills specific to Alaska schools. 

I have been in education for 14 years in various roles. I began my career as an elementary special education teacher, and have taught a kindergarten/1st-grade multi-age class and grades 6-12 in a facility school. I served as Principal at Twin Hills School in Southwest Alaska for two years, where I increased student enrollment and attendance and implemented practices that improved student engagement and test scores. 

Here at GILA, the school year is off to a great start with a strong team and a great group of students. We are all happy for Lilly Ann and the support she will provide in her new position, and we thank her for her time as our leader here. I am thrilled to provide continuity for our school as we strive to create the best educational setting possible. I look forward to working with all of you this school year. Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.


Naomi Winters

Principal of Boarding School Operations
Galena Interior Learning Academy (GILA)
(907) 656-2053, ext# 374