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Tahoe-Truckee schools see new principals, staff transitions for 2014

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Tahoe Truckee Unified School recently started the new school year with many changes in district-wide roles and positions as a result of retirements and other changes.

Following is a list of new employees for the 2014-15 school year:

Greg Wohlman: New Principal of Sierra Continuation High School, Coldstream Alternative, and Educational Options. He comes to Tahoe-Truckee from Kalskag, Alaska, where he served as principal at three schools, separated by three miles of gravel roads in a fly-in only community. Greg stresses the importance of hard work and tenacity to his students. He also believes strongly that alternative options are essential for all students to be successful.

Kyle Mohagen: New Principal of Kings Beach Elementary. A native Californian, he comes to the district most recently from Manitou Park Elementary School in Tacoma, Wash., where he was the assistant principal. Kyle’s teaching experience includes grades two through five and he taught in a multi-age setting in rural Alaska for a year.

Hien Larson: New Principal at Alder Creek Middle School, has been with TTUSD for 15 years. Her experience as an administrator at Glenshire Elementary, Truckee Elementary, Truckee High and Alder Creek gives her a vast understanding of the whole child and she is always looking through a filter of what’s best for our scholars.

Steve Scott: New assistant principal at ACMS. Steve is a passionate 21st century educator and brings a wealth of educational experience to his role at ACMS. A native of Northern California, Steve taught for eight years in Northern California and has spent the balance of his career in administrative positions including as an assistant principal and principal in the Sacramento area.

Susan Phebus: In addition to her role as principal of Donner Trail Elementary, Phebus has taken on a new responsibility as Principal on Special Assignment, focusing on the successful implementation of the California Common Core Standards throughout the district.

Alejo Padilla: New assistant principal at North Tahoe High School. Alejo is exceptionally talented at connecting with students and inspiring them to achieve both personally and academically. His positive energy and strong administrative experience will be a great asset to the North Tahoe campus.

Mark Button: New Director of Facilities and Maintenance for TTUSD. Mark has a wealth of experience in both managing construction projects and overseeing maintenance operations. For the past eight years, Mark worked at the Medford School District in Oregon where he was responsible for over $200 million in bond construction and managing the facilities department.

Tara House: After 17 years of teaching at TTUSD’s lakeside schools, Tara is taking on a new challenge as the English Learner Programs Coordinator. Her extensive experience in TTUSD’s Two Way Immersion program makes her a great fit to provide support, coaching and professional development to our educators to enhance teaching to English Learner students.

Kelli Twomey: New Coordinator of Parent and Community Relations for TTUSD. A longtime resident of Tahoe, Kelli has been involved in the school district as a parent and a board member of Excellence in Education and has a great deal of experience in the communications and marketing industry. In her new role, she will work to increase parent engagement and community involvement within the district and proactively communicate educational happenings of the district.

Anthony Farenga: New Coordinator of Special Education for TTUSD. Anthony has an extensive background in both public education and the nonprofit sector. He has worked as a special education teacher, a Family Advocate for Head Start, school administrator and nonprofit manager for United Cerebral Palsy. Most recently he was with the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto.

Tony Rivera: New Maintenance Supervisor for TTUSD. Tony has been with the district for five years; hist background is in construction, specifically in building schools, so he’s excited to use his knowledge and skills to maintain our facilities.

This story was provided to the Sierra Sun by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Learn more at http://www.ttusd.org.

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