• Office of Academics







    The mission of the Office of Academics is to provide system-wide leadership for a unified approach to managing instructional programs, initiatives, and academic projects; developing and implementing curricula and instructional resources; and communicating and collaborating within and throughout the educational community of Washoe County, State of Nevada, and the nation in order to prepare all students for highly-skilled and/or career and college readiness. The eight departments within the Office support multiple goals and initiatives within the WCSD Strategic Plan.

     Debra Biersdorff, Chief Academic Officer
    Chief Academic Officer: Debra Biersdorff
    Executive Assistant:
    Phone: 775-789-4608

    Kindra Fox

    Department of Curriculum and Instruction

    The mission of the Curriculum and Instruction Department is to provide innovative system-wide leadership, guidance, and support for a unified approach in
    • developing and implementing rigorous, relevant curriculum,
    • creating instructional resources & materials,
    • managing instructional programs, initiatives, and projects,
    • facilitating literacy and community engagement by leading school library and media programs,
    • communicating and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders, and
    • developing professional learning that honors teachers and provides content expertise to the District.

     Sara Cunningham

    Department of Northwest Regional Professional Development Program (NWRPDP)

    NWRPDP’s mission is to collaborate with stakeholders in our six districts to provide high quality learning opportunities that are aligned with the Nevada Professional Learning Standards and the Nevada Academic Content Standards. Diverse professional learning opportunities and support are based on current empirical research on effective instruction to increase learning for students.

    Janeen Kelly

    Department of EL/World Languages 

    The mission of the Washoe County School District English Language Learner Department is to ensure rigorous, explicit, high-quality language instruction to pupils who are learners of English, while maintaining and encouraging strong connections to home language and culture.


    Title I 

    The mission of the Title I Program is to ensure that our highest poverty schools receive Title I funding. This funding is provided so that at-risk students have an opportunity to obtain a high quality education and can achieve proficiency on state academic assessments aligned to state academic standards. Under the Title I statute, a school may use Title I funds to support the educational initiatives articulated in the School Performance Plan consistent with the school’s needs. Title I funds are authorized for:

    • Educators' professional development
    • Instructional materials
    • Resources to support educational programs
    • Parental Involvement

    Josh Hartzog

    Department of Signature Academies/CTE


    The mission of the Department of Signature Academies/CTE is to prepare students for college and/or highly-skilled careers, as well as equipping students with technical and life skills necessary for global competitiveness and productive citizenry. The Department helps students develop the ability to contribute positively to the community through exposure to:
    • Signature Academy programs offered in comprehensive high schools
    • Technical pathways that reflect local and national industry demand
    • Integrated curriculum that reflects academic, technical, and 21st Century competency
    • Opportunities to earn industry certifications/college credit/job-specific internships


    Department of Gifted and Talented 


    The mission of the Washoe County School District Gifted and Talented Education Program is to provide gifted and talented students differentiated instruction that is commensurate with their exceptional abilities through a wide spectrum of curricular and instructional gifted services and opportunities. The District will provide programs for gifted and talented students to work together under the guidance of trained teachers in an atmosphere that is intellectually and academically rigorous, fosters creativity, and provides emotional support.

     Kendall Inskip


    Education Alliance 

    The Education Alliance is a community partnership that fosters educational excellence and student achievement in Washoe County through leadership, advocacy, and resource development.


Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web-Accessibility

  • The District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation in any of its educational programs/activities, employment, and employment opportunities.  For the District's full Notice of Non-Discrimination statement as well as methods to address questions and concerns please visit our Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility page.

    For more information, visit the Civil Rights Compliance Department page.