Students return to area schools Monday, Aug. 30 |

Students return to area schools Monday, Aug. 30

The 1999-2000 school year jump starts in Truckee schools on Monday, Aug. 30, after a summer that “flew by” according to many students and staff. New administrators and teachers will be present on almost all Truckee campuses.

The newest addition to the administration staff is Kathleen Gauthier, the new assistant vice principal at Truckee Elementary. Gauthier will replace Danny Hyde who is the new principal at Glenshire Elementary.

Gauthier, coming from Glenshire Elementary where she worked as a kindergarten teacher for five years, has worked in the district since 1977. In 1977 she worked at Truckee Elementary as a special education instructional aide.

She has worked with four of the five Truckee Elementary principals, teaching the co-op preschool, first second, and third grades. She also taught special education classes in Washoe County Schools at the middle and high school level.

“I’m really happy to be here, it feels like home,” said Gauthier of her new position. “I’m really looking forward to helping people understand that Truckee Elementary is their school. I’d like to make the school welcoming and invitational to the community and the parents and teachers.”

Gauthier said she also plans to spend a lot of time in the classroom, something she feels is the sign of a good administrator.

She has plans to organize more in-house assemblies to enhance a sense of community in the school.

“Even though we’re a big school doesn’t mean we can’t be connected by a strong sense of community,” she said.

Gauthier grew up in upstate New York, but has lived in the Tahoe area since she was 19 years old. She has two sons, ages 18 and 20, both of whom attend San Francisco State University. She is the oldest of six girls, and both her mother and grandmother were teachers.

Gauthier will introduce herself to her new students on Monday during an assembly.

Glenshire Elementary welcomes its new principal, Hyde, as well as a new fully credentialed music teacher, Susan Thomas, who will teach developmental music to grades kindergarten through five. Glenshire also has a new kindergarten teacher and a new fourth grade teacher. Students will also go back to a traditional lunch schedule and will eat in the cafeteria instead of their classrooms, said Hyde.

Sierra Mountain Middle School also has a new principal, Don Beno, the former principal of North Tahoe High.

Tahoe-Truckee High School will start at 7:30 a.m. this year instead of 7:20 a.m and students will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. instead of 2:25 p.m.

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