Tahoe/Truckee school district announces principal appointments
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Two current Tahoe Truckee Unified School District employees have been promoted to new administrative positions.Joanna Mitchell, who has been serving as North Tahoe High School’s assistant principal, will be filling the principal position vacated there last month when Michael McDowell announced his resignation.Mitchell, a graduate of Pennsylvania State University who also studied for her Master’s degree at University of Nevada, Reno, began her career with Teach for America, a national movement to effect change in under-resourced urban and rural public schools.She started at North Tahoe High School in 2003, first as a Language Arts teacher and then as an administrator. As assistant principal, she shared the position for a short time and also served as interim principal while the district went through the previous hiring process.Hien Larson, who was previously splitting her time as assistant principal for both Glenshire and Truckee Elementary Schools, will now move to the assistant principal position for Alder Creek Middle School, which was recently vacated.A native of Vietnam, Larson graduated from University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor’s in Human Development, and later completed her Master’s program in Educational Leadership. The elementary assistant principal positions have been eliminated due to budget reductions. andamp;#8220;It is with great pleasure that we announce these two appointments. Both Joanna and Hien have been with the district for some time, and have great passion for their jobs,andamp;#8221; says Steve Jennings, TTUSD superintendent. andamp;#8220;While going through the hiring process, we decided we had the best candidates right here. I’m very pleased to fill these positions from within.andamp;#8221; Both individuals began their new posts in July.andamp;#8212; Gretchen Sproehnle works with-Switchback Marketing + Public Relations.