Vicki Runnels
Vicki Runnels

Holy Name parish in Ketchikan is pleased to announce that Mrs. Vicki Runnels will be joining the Holy Name community as the new Holy Name school principal. Mrs. Runnels, a Catholic, brings to Holy Name many years of experience in Catholic education, and an energy and passion for educating youth.

Mrs. Runnels served as an elementary school teacher for over fourteen years, and as a director of religious education for three years. Mrs. Runnels worked closely with teachers and school leaders to design engaging units of study focused on fostering student critical thinking, collaboration, and inquiry. She also served as the coordinator of after school enrichment programs for grades three through six. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

As a former classroom teacher, Mrs. Runnels has a deep appreciation for students’ cognitive and social-emotional development and is eager to support our teachers as they collaborate with each other to prepare all Holy Name students for their future endeavors. Additionally, having endured the hardships of a devastated community after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mrs. Runnels knows the importance of making the best use of limited resources, as well as appreciating the creativity and ingenuity that often accompanies a unique demographic, such as our own.

Mrs. Runnels earned her Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. She later went on to earn her Masters of Education in Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition, Vicki enjoys reading, sewing, weaving, making pottery, and especially cooking. Her favorite pastime, however, is spending time with her husband, Joseph, and their three sons, Ian, 24, Austin, 22, and their late in life surprise, Trevor, 13. They have long loved Alaska, and feel very blessed that God has called them to make Ketchikan their home.

Vicki visited Ketchikan recently. In her words, “Everyone was warm and friendly. The citizens of Ketchikan put the hospitality state to shame. The community is charming and the scenery gorgeous (glad I could bring the sunshine). Alaska has been on my mind for years. When I was a child one of my favorite aunts went on a visit to Alaska and never returned! She fell in love with your state and made it her home for the last forty years of her life. She often urged me to come to Alaska. I am so glad I did. I am excited about moving to Ketchikan and joining the wonderful staff at Holy Name School and the parish.”

Please join the Holy Name parish in welcoming Principal Runnels to the Diocese of Juneau.