Glenshire names new principal
Kathleen Gauthier knows Dan Hyde’s footsteps pretty well.
As of Aug. 13, Gauthier took over Hyde’s job as principal of Glenshire Elementary and Hyde will take over the principal position at the Rideout and Tahoe Lake elementary schools in Tahoe City.
But this is not the first time Gauthier has swept in behind Hyde.
“I followed Danny,” Gauthier said. “Danny left Truckee Elementary as a VP (vice principal) and came out here as principal and now I’m following him again.”
“That’s going to stop,” Hyde said, laughing.
Hyde began his teaching career at Rideout in 1977 and has taught at both Rideout and Tahoe Lake. He said he is thrilled to be back in the community where he lives.
“It’s exciting to come over to two schools I’ve had prior teaching experience at,” he said.
Hyde said he plans on continuing the “warm environment” at both schools, maintaining a child-centered atmosphere and supporting the integration of technology in the daily classroom experience.
Before her two-year stint as vice principal of Truckee Elementary, Gauthier taught kindergarten at Glenshire, taught several grades at Truckee Elementary, worked in Reno teaching at a juvenile hall and a middle school.
Gauthier said her teaching background is what made her want to become a principal.
“I just realized the importance of the position,” she said. “And as a classroom teacher I really wanted to support teachers and the important work that they do and facilitate their work. I thought the best way to do that is to step up and make some of those important decisions with the teachers.”
Incorporating input from teachers and parents is part of her strategy to create a vision for Glenshire, Gauthier said. She has even made a comment sheet for parents and teachers to give her suggestions on how the school can run better and has planned a breakfast/coffee social on the first day of school so that she can meet with parents.
Gauthier has lived in Glenshire since 1977. She worked at the school the year it opened.
But despite her familiarity with the school, she knows that following a principal as popular as Dan Hyde will be a difficult task.
“It’s always tough with the students because kids love Danny,” she said. “When I went to Truckee Elementary, the kids came out here for a performance and he did this Elvis impersonation and one of the kids came up to me and said, ‘Can we trade you back for Mr. Hyde?'”
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