New Tahoe Truckee schools principals expected to take over July 1 |

New Tahoe Truckee schools principals expected to take over July 1

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; A pair of outsiders will be the new leaders at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s two largest campuses.

The district this month announced the hiring of Michael McDowell, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and David Putney, of Petaluma, Calif., to be principal at North Tahoe and Truckee high schools, respectively, for the 2010-11 school year.

Here’s a brief look at each principal’s resume:

McDowell comes to North Tahoe High School after serving as a consultant for the New Tech Network, a company providing consulting for high schools wishing to integrate technology into the classroom.

McDowell has a bachelor’s in environmental science, a teaching credential in biological sciences and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from the University of Redlands. Other education includes a doctorate of education in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne. Prior to becoming a consultant, he taught life science in Napa, Calif., and science and algebra in Pacifica, Calif.

McDowell said he hopes to weave job-related skills into the fabric of North Tahoe’s educational goals so students, whether headed for the college or the workforce, will have skill sets to attract future employers.

and#8220;We’ll be looking at what we need to do to close the achievement gap as well as look at those who are doing well and ask what other measures we can instill to help them be successful global citizens in the workforce,and#8221; McDowell said in a district press release.

Putney was formerly a principal for Petaluma’s San Antonio High School and Valley Oaks Independent Study School.

Putney holds a bachelor’s in environmental studies and planning and a master’s in educational administration from Sonoma State University. These degrees are coupled with a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Dominican University and a doctorate of education at University of California, Davis.

and#8220;I’m excited to bring my perspective and years of experience to Truckee High School in anticipation of supporting and validating the community of learners: Staff, teachers, students and parents,and#8221; Putney said. and#8220;I’ll be coming in with huge ears and big eyes to learn and listen and to gain trust and develop relationships.and#8221;

According to the release, Putney’s early teaching experiences have included collaborating with universities and the Nature Conservancy, a global organization working to protect ecologically important land and water areas.

Putney said he hopes to instill a hands-on appreciation for the environment at Truckee High School.

and#8220;Something that has always grounded me is connecting students to the environment,and#8221; Putney said.

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