North Tahoe High principal resigns for Marin job |

North Tahoe High principal resigns for Marin job

Sun file photoNorth Tahoe High School Principal Michael McDowell

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; North Tahoe High School Principal Michael McDowell announced his resignation at the end of the school year, forcing school district officials into an immediate search to fill the position.

According to a Tahoe Truckee Unified School District press release Thursday, McDowell said he will be moving to the San Francisco Bay Area and has accepted a post as the new assistant superintendent of educational services for the Tamalpais Union High School District in Marin County.

and#8220;It’s bittersweet. I love my job, I have a great faculty, and wonderful students and the community support this whole year has been amazing,and#8221; McDowell said in the release.

McDowell said the new position is more aligned to his strengths, allowing him to have a larger impact on more students.

and#8220;It will be exciting for me to have the opportunity to provide leadership and educational support for several schools beyond just one,and#8221; he said.

Another reason McDowell listed for his resignation was greater employment opportunity for his wife, a bilingual speech pathologist.

McDowell is leaving the district after one year of employment.

and#8220;Dr. McDowell has made a huge impact in a very short time and#8212; we really hate to see him go,and#8221; said Superintendent Steve Jennings. and#8220;He was exceptional at facilitating, collaboration and involving all his stakeholders. He placed a huge value on allowing his students to be involved and empowering them to be part of the entire process.and#8221;

Due to the relatively short window of time for the district to fill McDowell’s position, Jennings said the procedure for replacement will begin immediately.

and#8220;I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to continue to be part of the Laker tradition,and#8221; McDowell said, yet added he has confidence that the positive gains the school has made this year will continue.

Among specific gains McDowell said he helped to develop in a collaborative effort with teachers and staff was greater project-based learning for students and higher advanced class enrollment.

Kelly Norris, a science and math teacher at NTHS, said she will miss his enthusiasm and insight but wished him the best in his new job.

and#8220;Everyone was shocked and surprised at his announcement. However, it was great to have his solid leadership, even for one short year,and#8221; Norris said.

Jennings echoed Norris’ sentiments.

and#8220;He was a great leader, so on the one hand, it’s very unfortunate for us, but on the other hand, I’m happy for him to have this kind of opportunity for financial gain and career advancement,and#8221; said Jennings.

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