ALPINE ACADEMY GOVERNING BOARD OF EDUCATION
The stage was set for my time on the Alpine Academy Board during the 2012-2013 school year when I taught Chemistry, Physical Science, and Integrated Science at Alpine. I've seen first hand how the school provides a choice for students who want to be a part of a community that focuses on working together toward higher educational goals. After teaching at Alpine, I studied mechanical engineering at UNR, which has led to my current work in the medical device industry. Before moving to Reno, my wife and I served as educators with the Peace Corps in northern Namibia. I spend my free time with my family, the Reno Midtown Rotary Club, running, mountain biking, skiing, camping, and exploring new places.
I was asked to join the board in November 2019 by the executive director at that time based on my experience at Temple Sinai. We had worked together during my board tenure there. Because of the importance of education and my firm belief that charter schools are an integral part of the education system, I readily accepted.
As one could correctly assume from my experience with Department of Defense Schools, I am a veteran. I served in the Army for 20 years, retiring as a Major in 1995. My son was attending the two schools listed and my assignments allowed me the time to serve to ensure all students received the education they deserved.
It is also imperative that our students learn the importance of not only our history but how governments and communities interact to provide the quality of life we all want. Sadly, civics education has taken a back seat over the years. As the Vice-Chair of the Nevada Secretary of State’s Committee on Participatory Democracy, and as a Director for Alpine Academy, one of my priorities is to return civics to its rightful position.
As the past Principal and Executive Director of Alpine Academy, it is extremely important to me to continue to support the school, its mission, and community. I hold three advanced degrees: A bachelor’s degree in Human Development, a master’s degree in Literacy, and another master’s degree in Educational Leadership. I have over 30 years of experience in the education realm, both as a teacher and as an instructional leader. My passions are students and their social, emotional, and academic well-being. I believe it important to support teachers and provide them with the appropriate resources and learning so that they engage students in the best possible learning. Being a Director of the Alpine Academy Governing Board provides me with the opportunity to serve this incredible community of students, staff, and families. Besides being an educator, I am also involved with the Governor’s Advisory Council on Education Relating to Holocaust and Genocide, my religious affiliation, and continuous learning for my community at large. On a personal note, I have been married for over 30 years and have two wonderful adult children. I enjoy traveling, reading, and folk dancing of all types.
As a parent of an Alpine Academy student, I was honored to be asked to join the board this year. Due to my husband’s Coast Guard career, we moved quite frequently and I have had the privilege to volunteer in California, Virginia, New York, Oregon, and Nevada. I have volunteered in classrooms, homeschool groups, volleyball courts, soccer fields, and more. I am passionate about the educational opportunities afforded to the community that Alpine Academy serves and the staff that help to mentor all of our Archers.
I was delighted to be asked to join the Governing Board of Alpine Academy this 20/21 school year. As an educator with 6+ years of experience in small school settings, I am a strong believer that the recipe for success for many students lies in classrooms with smaller student to teacher ratios and personalized instruction. Alpine Academy is a school that is able to offer this type of instruction and I am thrilled to be a part of the team!
I am also a passionate advocate of Social Studies education and the role it plays in ensuring a thriving, democratic society through civic engagement and participation.
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