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Lake Tahoe School sees 15 percent enrollment uptick in past 4 years

Special to the Bonanza

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Lake Tahoe School began its 18th year in Incline Village two weeks ago with significant enrollment growth.

Opening this year with 154 students — a 15 percent increase over the last four years — the Pre-K through eighth grade independent school has attracted students locally and from among San Francisco Bay Area transplants.

"We continue to gather inspired and inspiring teachers who, as a team, deliver an extraordinary education to our student body," said Head of School Ruth Glass. "As a little school with a big education, we are able to differentiate instruction to meet the needs and interests of all of our children.

"I am truly excited by this wonderful community of learners."

Longtime LTS teacher Kris Nugent begins the 2015-16 school year as Assistant Head of School.

For Nugent, it is a journey that led him from his home in Australia to a ski-instructing job at Diamond Peak shortly after his graduation from college, then to Lake Tahoe School as a PreK teacher and, most recently, Dean of Students.

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As Assistant Head of School, Mr. Nugent's responsibilities range from oversight of faculty evaluations to researching and evaluating the planned purchase of a new full-sized school bus to accommodate the school's growing enrollment and transportation needs.

"It's another exciting year ahead for lake Tahoe School," said Nugent. "As the new Assistant Head of School, I am looking forward to a year filled with success in the classroom, on the sporting fields, and in our community. I joined our amazing school 10 years ago, and it has been a joy to watch LTS grow and flourish as the premier independent school in the Tahoe area.

"Each year, I watch with amazement and pride as our graduating eighth-grade students move on to some of the best high schools, and eventually universities, around the country, and I am sure this fine tradition will continue again this year."

NEW TEACHERS THIS YEAR

New to the middle school teaching team this year is science teacher Rod Tayler, who just moved to Incline Village from Massachusetts, where he had been teaching math and science at the Rivers School.

Mr. Tayler earned a B.A. in neuroscience from Amherst College and attended Tulane University School of Medicine.

"I'm so fortunate to be teaching at a fantastic school in a beautiful area of the world," said Tayler.

Jennifer Crawley joins the LTS Pre-K Happyland teaching crew with a background in counseling and mediation.

After obtaining clinical experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in multiple treatment settings including school-based programs and private practice, Crawley spent the following decade providing direct mediation services to well over 2,500 families with children.

"I am delighted to join Lake Tahoe School's fabulous team of educators, and I look forward to sharing my passions for reading, traveling, hiking, and enjoying the region's tremendous natural beauty," she said.

Also joining the Happyland crew is Alina Bochis. Originally from Romania, she has lived in the United States for ten years, and brings over twenty years of working experience with children, from newborns to teenagers.

Last year, Ms. Bochis led Happyland's weeklong exploration of Romania, culminating in a folk-dance performance before an audience of LTS parents, students, teachers, and administrators.

This article was submitted by Lake Tahoe School. Visit http://www.laketahoeschool.org to learn more.