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Lake Tahoe School leader elected to regional board

Special to the Bonanza

Rising within the ranks of independent school leaders is not something that tends to happen overnight.

Lake Tahoe School Head of School, Ruth Glass, spent 43 years in independent school education before being elected recently to the Board of Governors of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools.

She is one of only two Heads of School from the state of Nevada to be elected to the Board.

Her election, says Glass, will position her to help the Board of Governors shape the direction of independent school education reform in over 100 NWAIS accredited schools in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, and Idaho.

“It’s up to us to develop a vision for independent schools within the association,” said Glass. “We consider changes to the accreditation processes, general policies, teacher training, and professional development opportunities for member schools.”

Lake Tahoe School — the only accredited PreK-8 school in the Lake Tahoe Basin — opened the 2014-15 school year with a state-of-the-art “makerspace,” where students engage in hands-on learning, take part in an after-school robotics program, and develop the computer drafting skills necessary to produce a variety of three-dimensional objects that have already rolled off of the school’s new 3D printer such as chess pieces, coffee mugs, dragons, and miniature jet-engine turbines.

“Like Lake Tahoe School, the NWAIS has a history of being very forward thinking,” said Glass, whose education leadership resume includes several stints as Head of School and tenures aboard state and regional independent school governing bodies, including the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and the California Association of Independent Schools. “I am thrilled to be serving on the Board and hope to spread some of Lake Tahoe School’s forward-thinking vision.”

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