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 am excited to be a part of the board for this amazing school! I have worked in the Accounting / Finance field for 30+ years - including large telecommunications firms, a "Big 5" consulting firm, and finally in my own small business. I have an MBA, and have taught Business, Finance and Accounting at the college level. I've also previously served on the board of a charter school, as well as the boards of some non profit organizations. I look forward to being involved in the Alpine Academy community, and to learning more about the school and the programs it offers.
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.
Kimberly Lapuz has a Master’s degree in Special Education focusing on Autism studies. She is a teacher in Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada and has taught a wide range of students from kindergarten to high school, including many diverse demographics and cultural backgrounds. Kim believes in the power of charter schools and what they can do for the community. Small class sizes and building student/teacher relationships are key for student success. Alpine Academy excels in these two areas which is why she is thrilled on be on the board. Kim is also an acting board member for Solutions of Change, a non-profit organization that focuses on mental health services for those who are uninsured or underinsured. For fun, Kim likes to travel around the world, hike, and spend time with family and friends.