New principal named for Truckee High School
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board of trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved the appointment of Michael Greg Dettinger as new principal of Truckee High School.
and#8220;Mr. Dettinger came to us at the end of our second round of applications. It was readily apparent that he possesses the qualities that we are looking for in a principal,and#8221; said Rob Leri, superintendent and chief learning officer for TTUSD. and#8220;He is a student-focused, collaborative, interest-based leader with a record for improving student achievement for those who need it most, those at the mid-level, and for high achievers.and#8221;
Dettinger, who was the top candidate among three finalists, originally hails from California but will be relocating from Milford, Utah, where he is currently the principal and counselor for Milford High School.
The California native is bilingual in Spanish and has a diverse background including serving in the U.S. Air Force, as a California Highway Patrol Officer, as a district director of transportation and adult education and teaching at public schools for many years.
He also has experience in marketing with his own video production company, a skill that he plans to use as principal of Truckee High.
and#8220;I think one thing that many schools donand#8217;t do very well is inform the public of their activities and successes,and#8221; Dettinger said. and#8220;I plan to make sure that the public is aware of the challenges and achievements of Truckee High students and that we celebrate their success.and#8221;
Following Wednesdayand#8217;s board meeting, Dettinger was in the halls collaborating with Truckee faculty. When asked by a teacher his first order of business, Dettinger said he was going to observe, listen and learn the culture before making any major changes.
and#8220;Other than addressing attendance and discipline, I donand#8217;t plan to go in with any major directives right off the bat,and#8221; he said. and#8220;I want to build relationships, collaborate with teachers, parents, students, and the community and mesh it together and then move forward with as much consensus as possible.and#8221;
Dettinger earned his Masters of Public Administration from Brigham Young University in 2008. He graduated with honors with a Criminal Justice degree from California State University, San Bernardino, where he also received his K-12 BCLAD, Secondary Spanish, and Secondary English teaching credentials.
Dettinger and his wife have 7 children, two who are in college, two in medical school, and a son (who Dettinger describes as a and#8220;great surpriseand#8221;) who will be starting first grade in the fall.
Dettinger replaces former principal David Putney, who oversaw the high school the past two years.
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