Dr. Debra Feemster has dedicated much of her life to the Washoe County School District. She served as Principal of Hug High School and Director of the District’s Equity and Diversity department. Closing the achievement gap is near to her heart. While at Equity and Diversity, she increased college participation of minority students by 23 percent in just four years. As Principal of Hug High School, she Increased minority students in Honors and Advanced Placement classes by 25 to 35 percent, during a two-year period. Trustee Feemster believes closing the gap is something that works 365 days a year and will only be achieved if the community comes together as a whole.
Trustee Feemster has called Nevada home for 42 years and holds three degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno. Trustee Feemster started with the District as a Language Arts Special Education teacher. Throughout the years of her dedicated work for the district, she has been a Title I Parent Involvement Coordinator, Principal of all levels K-12, Director of Equity and Diversity. She now serves as an Instructional coach for parochial students in grades K-8.
Education Advocacy & Community involvement:
Trustee Feemster has been involved with the community and education at every level. She serves on the Nevada Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and is the NAACP Education chair. Trustee Feemster has always focused her efforts on supporting the people in the classrooms, students and teachers. As the Principal of Traner Middle School she increased PTO participation by 75 percent in two years, because she knows that closing the achievement gaps, starts with engaging families.