Danny Hyde accepts new principalship at Glenshire Elementary
Truckee Elementary School Assistant Principal Danny Hyde will begin his twenty-second year in the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District as the new principal for Glenshire Elementary.
Hyde, who has been the assistant principal at Truckee Elementary for the past four years, found out last week that he will move into the principalship that Susan Ritchie will retire from at the end of this school year. He said he is sad to leave Truckee Elementary, but excited about his new position with Glenshire and moving to a new school.
“I’m very sad. I feel Truckee Elementary is a wonderful school. I’ve had a terrific four years here. The students here have been very enthusiastic. The parents have been extremely supportive and involved in making Truckee Elementary wonderful for the students,” said Hyde.
But when Hyde visited Glenshire Elementary this year for an open house, he was impressed with what he saw.
“It was very well organized. I could tell it was a very dynamic place for children,” he said.
Though he’ll be staying at the elementary level and in administration, the move will be a big change. The two schools differ significantly in size and population – Truckee has approximately 800 students and Glenshire has 575 students. Also, Glenshire has no vice or assistant principal on the staff.
“Well, I won’t have another administrator to work with and collaborate with. I’ll have the job of running the entire school,” said Hyde. “But I’m looking forward to working with a supportive staff and community at Glenshire.”
Hyde’s background includes teaching in the classroom at the elementary and middle school level for 18 years.
“I loved the variety at the middle school level. It was so dynamic and I loved the challenges there. But this (the elementary level) is a special age. Children start their education skills here. They develop the foundations for achieving a higher level of education. What we do at the elementary level is so critical in starting the entire process,” said Hyde.
Hyde has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English, elementary and secondary teaching credentials and a master’s degree in education with administrative credentials. He is also a graduate of Outward Bound, something he feels is very valuable to him as an educator.
“That was a great experience in developing cooperation techniques in the outdoors,” said Hyde of the 21-day winter survival course he completed in the northeast corner of Oregon.
“The tools you can learn from the outdoors extend educational learning outside of the classroom and provide life-learning skills on how to problem solve, get along with other people and how to collaborate and make decisions that affect the whole group,” he said.
Hyde also worked as a counselor at a summer outdoor adventure camp, which marked the beginning of his teaching career.
“That was really an exciting place for me to start as an educator.”
Outdoor education is not just a part of Hyde’s background – as an avid outdoorsman and mountaineer, outdoor education is an ongoing process for him. Mountain climbing, ice climbing and backcountry skiing are some of the activities he enjoys beyond school walls.
Hyde has climbed all over the world, and his resume of climbs includes Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe at 18,841 feet and Matterhorn in Switzerland. Since his career in education began, Hyde has been making summer travel and climbing expeditions.
“My traveling is not as prolific now that I have a family,” said Hyde. This summer, he will travel with his family to the Grand Tetons to camp and explore the area together. In the meantime, Hyde will be extremely busy preparing for his new job, getting to know his new staff – just another mountain to climb.
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