Welcome to Houghtaling Elementary School. I am David Lee Jones and have been at Houghtaling Elementary School for 12 years, first as a classroom teacher and currently as the principal. I began in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District as a music teacher at Valley Park Elementary School 17 years ago.
I have both a Bachelors in General Studies and Master in the Art of Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master in Education Leadership from the University of Alaska Anchorage. I also have a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University, Boston Massachusetts.
I have lived in Ketchikan since 1989, when I moved here as a professional musician. While playing music professionally, I began to dabble in education and discovered my new career path. I am married to a lifelong Ketchikan resident. My wife Ingrid is the OB manager at PeaceHealth Hospital and we have four children who were born and raised in Ketchikan as well. In my spare time I enjoy working on our home and playing music with other local musicians around town. At Houghtaling, I am fortunate to be surrounded by a group of excellent educators who always have the best interest of their students at heart.