Meet Our Faculty and Staff

Dan Cooley


I am excited to be in a leadership role here at NSA. As a lifelong educator, I have seen firsthand that one size does not fit all and that alternative forms of education such as online and blended learning can open the doors of opportunity to students.

I will continue to lead NorthStar Academy with the mission of continuous improvement and with a passion to ensure that we personally invest in the lives of students every day.


17 years in education, including middle school and high school science teacher (Alaska), middle school and high school Principal (Alaska), high school Principal (Indonesia), and Director (Indonesia)

With NSA since 2014


B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)

Masters of Arts in Teaching, UAF

Educational Leadership Certificate, University of Alaska Anchorage


State of Alaska Type A Teacher Certification

State of Alaska Type B K-12 Principal Certification

ACSI Professional Principal Certification

NorthStar Academy (NSA) is a fully accredited online, private, college preparatory Christian school offering students in 4th-12th grades a rigorous and high quality academic program taught by highly qualified, mission-minded, Christian educators in a supportive and encouraging environment.

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