Dr. Jennifer Kubista grew up as an identical twin in Tacoma, Washington. She comes from a family filled with educators, from the classroom through administration. Her twin sister is a nationally recognized middle school principal. Education has always been important in her family. She began her career in athletics. She was integral as one of the co-leads in implementing Tacoma's Whole Child Initiative, focused on academic, social and emotional learning for students.
When Central School District 13J moved to hire a new superintendent, Dr. Kubista was thrilled to get the job (2017) leading this "gem of a district." She leads through continuous learning, relationships, equity, accountability, and collaborative processes focused on the development of the whole child and whole educator. "A whole child leads to a whole community." She works hard to develop and maintain connections and relationships, with the school board, district staff, students, families and community members.
Dr. Kubista enjoys spending time outdoors, and is known to roast a Starburst over the campfire.
She spends some of her spare time working with the Pac-12 (2015-present). She has a passion for volleyball, and continues to give back to the sport that gave her so much.
Dr. Kubista believes in building community and collaboration -- inside and outside of the district. She has been a member of Central Lions Club since 2017, as well as serving on the board for the Monmouth-Independence Community Foundation.
In 2020, Dr. Kubista was honored as the Monmouth-Independence Educator of the Year.
Dr. Kubista has a commitment to educating the whole child, where students are academically, behaviorally, socially and emotionally healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged in their learning and achieving. She takes an active role in boards and councils that further the health of her students and community. She is a board member of Oregon ASCD (2019-present). The Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development calls on parents, educators, policymakers, and communities to join forces to ensure our children become productive, engaged citizens.
She also is a member of the Systems of Care Executive Council for Marion and Polk Counties. This group provides advice and recommendations to PacificSource Community Solutions, which operates the Coordinated Care Organizations that serves members of the Oregon Health Plan in our area.
Dr. Kubista also served on a work group for COSA, Social Determinants of Health and Education (2017-2018).
Her philosophy of the whole child carries through to the way she leads in the district, working to develop whole educators, where learning, growing, living (being happy and healthy), working, and leading are at the forefront as we engage in teaching and learning.
She earned a Doctorate of Educational Leadership at Seattle University in 2015, and continues participation in leadership organizations. In 2014, she was recognized as an ASCD Emerging Leader and, in 2016 and 2017, she was recognized as an ASCD Influence Leader. She is a Fellow in the American Leadership Forum -- Class XXII. She continues to connect with the ALF chapter in Oregon.
Dr. Kubista is a graduate of Gonzaga University (BBA), University of Connecticut (MA.Ed.), and Seattle University (Ed.D.). Dr. Kubista is a lifelong learner.