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Everything is new: assistant principal, school and energy

Renée Shadforth

Scott Gehrman

Count Scott Gehrman as one of the new faces who will appear with the start of classes at the new Alder Creek Middle School on Sept. 7. “The new building is cool,” said Gehrman, the school’s assistant principal and a Bay Area transplant. “I think with this new building comes a new energy for everyone.”

For the past two years Gehrman, 31, was the assistant principal at Pine Valley Middle School in San Ramon. Before that he was a middle school counselor at Harvest Park Middle School.Gehrman said he feels middle school is where he belongs. He chooses administration, he said, so he can affect as many students as he can. And, the sixth, seventh and eighth graders are still impressionable and challenging, he added.Gehrman said he has had a “tough love” relationship with the students in his past schools.

“I like to go around and give pats on the shoulders and high-fives, but if they screw up, I’m going to call them on it,” he said.In addition to his administrative role in the schools, Gehrman said he likes to get involved in his community in positive youth development. Out of his current home in Pleasanton, he runs a summer adventure program for youth, called Lasting Adventures, in which he takes children on backpacking trips.Gehrman is still looking for a place to live in Truckee. At the time of his interview with the Sierra Sun he hadn’t had a chance to see the entire Alder Creek Middle School campus. Regardless, he said he looks forward to a new year at a brand new school.

“I think that student performance goes up in a new facility,” he said. “But mostly, I think it’s great that there is so much support for something like this in the community.”For more on Alder Creek Middle School, see the “Back-to-School Review” inside this issue of the Sierra Sun.