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Tahoe-Truckee school administrator wins 2014 Best Boss contest

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Several Truckee-Tahoe locals were honored last week in the inaugural Best Boss of Truckee/North Tahoe contest sponsored by The Office BOSS.

"The nominations we received were well thought-out and carefully crafted to convey the wonderful qualifications of their great bosses," Carrie Ridgel, co-owner of The Office BOSS, told the audience of nominees, nominators and friends at an award ceremony on Oct. 16 at Truckee office supply store.

The judges selected four people as honorable mentions, one runner-up and one winner.

Honorable Mention awards were presented to: Andrea Ross of Journeys Within Tour Company, from a nomination by April Cole; Kirsten Kuehne of Discovery Preschool from a nomination by the entire teaching staff; Terri Viehmann of Tahoe City PUD, from a nomination by Jess McMillon; and Kathleen Gauthier of Glenshire Elementary School, from a nomination by Jean Fournier, Carol Reed, Kilty Highfill and Suzanne Sampson.

Bonnie Bavetta of Sugar Bowl resort received the First Runner-up prize of a gift certificate for an office bagel party from Truckee Bagel. When submitting the nomination, James Foster focused on three areas in which he appreciates Bavetta: "She provides expert guidance, is passionate and compassionate; optimistic, yet realistic; and is efficient at her job and helps her employees be efficient at their jobs."

The Best Boss of 2014, and winner of lunch for six at Thai Delicacy, is Dave Curry, executive director of Education Services at Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

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Becky Wright, who wrote the nomination, explained how great her boss is: "He comes to work every morning to improve our school system. Every conversation he initiates pushes us to do more and work harder on the students' behalf. He is not only a boss, he's a mentor. He subtly brings out our strengths and doesn't put us down for our weaknesses.

"He puts his heart and soul into the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and this is what makes us all look forward to work, not matter how tough a day we have in store. Somehow, he always finds time to listen when someone in the department needs an ear. He never forgets our birthdays or important life events, and he always encourages us to be our best selves at work and at home. He's a role model to always stay positive in the face of challenges. There's a solution out there, and he leads us there effortlessly."

The Best Boss of Truckee/North Tahoe contest was created to find out who is inspiring, motivating, caring and making a difference in their employee's lives, Ridgel said in a previous story.