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.
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.