New Principal Named at Alamo Heights Junior School

New Principal Named at Alamo Heights Junior School
Posted on 06/06/2022

Dr. Stuart Guthrie has been appointed principal of Alamo Heights Junior School. 

Guthrie most recently served as the principal of Barbara Bush Middle School in North East ISD. During his 19 year career in NEISD, Guthrie also served as an assistant principal at the middle and high school levels, a special education teacher, and a behavioral specialist. He was inspired to enter the education field by his brother who has special needs.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Dr. Guthrie to AHISD,” Dr. Dana Bashara, superintendent of schools, said. “He is an experienced educator and instructional leader who believes in inspiring student ownership of their learning. I know he will help us build on the academic achievements at AHJS and bring together our community of students, teachers, and parents.”  

Guthrie earned his doctorate in Education from Lamar University in 2022, a master’s degree in education from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2002, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UTSA in 1990. 

“I love what I do and that’s working with kids,” Dr. Guthrie said. “I really want to see our kids grow into 21st century learners. You’ll hear me say this a lot, ‘own your own learning.’ Education isn’t passive. Kids have to be actively involved. I love to see them build and create as they demonstrate learning and mastery.” 

Although he is new to AHISD, Guthrie’s family has roots in the community. His grandmother graduated from AHHS in 1956 and his grandfather built Alamo Heights Baptist Church.

“It excites me to rejoin a community that’s been part of my life since I was a kid going to the Alamo Heights pool. It’s a very special place. Not only do I have some history, but now I also have a future here as AHJS principal,” Dr. Guthrie said. 

Out of the office, Guthrie enjoys being outdoors, cooking, playing guitar with his daughter, and spending time with his three dogs. He is active on Twitter at @DrGuthrieTweets. 

He will join Alamo Heights ISD later this summer. 

Portrait of Dr. Stuart Guthrie

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