Welcome to the Office of School Leadership
The Office of School Leadership exists to ensure all WCSD schools attain the highest standards of educational excellence. As a result, all Washoe County School District (WCSD) schools will demonstrate substantive annual progress with all served student groups. As students transition to new schools and experiences, either within the PreK-12 system or as they matriculate from the system, they will demonstrate readiness for the academic and life challenges ahead of them.
The day to day mission of the Office of School Leadership and our Options Area departments is to support and supervise all WCSD schools to ensure that the learning and social emotional needs of each student are being met. This includes support for students, teachers, principals, all staff, and families. It further requires strong advocacy on behalf of our schools and in turn holding each of our principals and department leaders accountable to high professional expectations.Area 1/Acceleration ZoneIncline HSIt is an honor to serve as the Area Superintendent for Area 1/Acceleration Zone in the Washoe County School District. My career in education began 18 years ago as a fourth grade teacher at Elmcrest Elementary School. While serving as a teacher for seven years, I developed a desire to influence change and improve student learning outcomes at a higher level. This desire resulted in me pursuing administrative positions. My first administrative role was in 2002, at Desert Heights, as the Dean of Students and Math Coordinator. In 2003, I became the principal of Lemmon Valley Elementary where I served for five years. Then, in 2008 I transferred to Van Gorder Elementary as the principal. In 2011, I was selected as the Performance Director for Zone 3. I am committed to working with the parents, and employees in Area 1/Acceleration Zone to assure that every student graduates high school ready for college or a highly skilled career.
Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Anderson
Lincoln ParkLoderMathewsNatchezSun Valley
Incline MS Incline HS
It is an honor for me to serve as the Area 2 Superintendent. I am an educator with over twenty years of experience in the Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada, where I held the position of teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, Director of Human Resources, middle school and high school principal. In each of these positions, I have had the opportunity to develop and implement my philosophy of administrative and educational leadership, which is based on doing what is best for students through shared decision-making, collaboration, high expectations, and the development of human talent.
Over the past two decades, I have dedicated my career to improving educational opportunities for all students, but especially for minority students and English language learners. Most recently I served as principal of Von Tobel Middle School in Las Vegas, Nevada where I led restructuring efforts responsible for significant academic improvements and growth on various measures.
In addition to my work in K-12 education, I am an adjunct instructor for the Urban Studies Department of Southern Utah University, and an author and consultant for the International Center for Leadership in Education. I look forward to supporting Area 2 schools to ensure success for all students.
Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Allen
Hidden Valley Huffaker
Area Superintendent: Joe Ernst
Assistant: Mireya Castro
Phone: 775-789-4657It is my honor to serve as Area 3 Superintendent in the Washoe County School District. I have been an educator for 22 years, working as an intermediate teacher at Donner Springs, Van Gorder and Roy Gomm elementary schools. While serving as a teacher I continued to develop leadership skills and deepen my desire to help impact change and improve the quality of education for all students.I began my admisntrative career working two years at Alice Smith Elementary School as an Assistant Principal. After working two years as an Assistant Principal at Alyce Taylor Elementary School I was selected as Principal. During my three years of leading Alyce Taylor, our students demonstrated some of the highest academic growth and proficiency in the State of Nevada. Our special education department received the NV Inspiration Award for demonstrating exceptional inclusive practices and improving academic growth for all students. With the development of the WCSD Acceleration Zone, I was appointed as principal of Anderson Elementary School. After working collaboratively with students, families and staff, Anderson ES became one of nine Shining Stars schools in the State of Nevada.As the Area 3 Superintendent, I am committed to improving social-emotional and academic achievement for all students, while ensuring that every student graduates from high school ready for college or a highly-skilled career.
Elementary Schools Middle Schools High SchoolBeasleyDiedrichsenDunnHallJuniperMoss Sepulveda Spanish Springs
I have been in the WCSD for 12 years I began as an Assistant Principal at Traner Middle School in 2005, I then became Principal of Traner Middle School in 2006 serving there for the next five years (2006-2011). I also served as Principal of Hug High School for 6 years- 2011-2017.
I began my career as a Kindergarten teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. I worked in a K-8 school as a kindergarten teacher, Vice Principal and Principal. I bring a unique perspective to the role of Area Superintendent having served as a Principal in K-12 schools.
Working in the Hug Vertical has given me the opportunity to work with amazing educators dedicated to the community they serve. I look forward to getting to know the two new communities I am working with, Sparks High School and McQueen High School.
Elementary Schools Middle Schools High SchoolDrakeGreenbraeLemelsonMaxwellMeltonMitchell
Damonte Ranch/Galena/North Valleys
Area Superintendent: Richard Swanberg
Assistant: Luis Aguilar
It has been my pleasure to work for the Washoe County School District for the last 23 years. I started as a 6th grade classroom teacher at Hidden Valley Elementary. After ten years in the classroom at 5 different grade levels, I was hired as the assistant principal at Libby Booth Elementary. In 2001, I became the principal at Alice Maxwell Elementary School in Sparks, Nevada, which was recognized by the WCSD as a Distinguished Title I school in the fall of 2007. My next assignment was as the principal of Kate Smith ES, a school designated as ”In Needs of Improvement.” After working collaboratively with staff, students and parents, Kate Smith was recognized by the State of Nevada as a Title I Distinguished School and a Title I Reward School in 2012.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Chico, my Teaching Certificate from Chapman University and my Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix.
I believe all students can learn and I look forward to working closely with all my schools and administrators to provide the best education for students in Area 5.
Elementary Schools Middle Schools High SchoolsBrown
Silver LakeSmith, AliceSmithridgeStead
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