HEAD OF SCHOOL
Lake Tahoe School was originally founded under the name Incline Academy in 1997 as a Pre-Kindergarten through First Grade private school whose mission was to provide a carefully articulated, highly academic program. Over the five-year period from September 1997 through June 2001, the Incline Academy, adding grades yearly, evolved into a Pre-K through Eighth Grade school housed in Incline Village’s Foursquare Church.
The school’s founders, Ms. Jean McFadden and Ms. Laurie Krueger, focused their attentions on faculty and student recruitment, curriculum development, and fundraising. Co-founder Laurie Krueger remains with the school as Director of the Pre-K Program to this day.
Incline Academy became Lake Tahoe School in 2002. At that time, a visionary board of trustees, acquired a new three-story building with room for 24 classrooms and appreciable office space in 2003. That same year Mr. Eric Swain, an experienced Head of School in both East and West Coast institutions, was hired as Lake Tahoe School’s new Head. In the spring of 2004 Dr. Arnold Lipkind, an educator with some 35 years experience became the principal. During this period the school continued to grow, develop curriculum and enrichment programs (e.g., its much-lauded outdoor education program), and attract exceptional faculty and staff.
In the spring of 2011 Mrs. Ruth Huyler Glass was appointed the new Head of School. Mrs. Glass’s career as an educator and leader in independent schools has provided a wealth of experience and expertise essential to running a great school: faculty recruitment, management and development; curriculum design and implementation; budgeting; admissions; and fundraising. Mrs. Glass will be retiring at the end of June, 2018.
Lake Tahoe School is currently accredited by, The Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS), based in Seattle Washington, which is the chief accrediting organization for private schools in the northwestern United States and a regional affiliate of the National Association of Independent Schools.
Lake Tahoe School continues to evolve: student enrollment continues to increase; the Board recently agreed to a campus renovation and expansion plan; and they are successfully meeting their impressive fundraising goals.
The future is bright, and the founding vision of creating an educational community focused on honoring the individual creativity and passion inherent in every child continues to nurture Lake Tahoe School students with disciplined minds, strong character, healthy bodies, and creative spirits.
The faculty strive individually and collectively at Lake Tahoe School to bring fun back to learning, to engage students in active learning, and to partner with students and parents in the delivery of an exceptionally thoughtful, appropriately rigorous, and, yes, fun academic course of studies.
On a daily basis, students learn by doing, from living the gold rush experience as greenhorns in Ms. “Desert Rose’s” 4th-grade adventure learning trip to Coloma to creating and profitably running their very own businesses in Mr. Russ Bradford’s “Small Business” middle school elective. They are introduced to math during the PreK years as they measure ingredients and discuss volume in a unique PreK cooking class. Students develop engineering skills and apply what they learn in math class by designing go-karts for the annual, Maker Class-sponsored go-kart race within the Tahoe Basin’s one and only MakerSpace, where they cultivate the essential 21st-Century skills of creation, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. They learn about Asian cultures in their 3rd-grade class, then delve more deeply into the subject by practicing Chinese brush strokes in their beautiful art studio and singing songs in Mandarin in the music room. Thanks to the high value placed on faculty collaboration on campus, the PreK students explore their “theme of the week,” not only within the walls of Happyland, but also as they travel to Mr. Cooper’s physical education class and Ms. Losee’s stunning Elementary Science space. All students are expected to become articulate, confident public speakers during their LTS experience. To that end, children in K-7 deliver oral presentations as part of the School’s Declamation program. 8th graders all select a topic they study in depth throughout the year. Each Exhibition topic requires research, a written paper, interviews, a unique project, and an oral presentation made to a panel of judges. The very active Adventure Learning program embraces the Tahoe Basin and beyond as it teaches students how to explore and cope in the wilderness.
In keeping with their mission to instill a lifelong love of learning and develop critical thinkers and articulate, confident leaders for the 21st Century, the School strives to – and succeed in – balancing levity with intensity in everything they do in the classroom. They take the important task of preparing students for success at the high school level and beyond very seriously, and work intentionally and collaboratively to develop and refine their curricular scope and sequence.
At the core of Lake Tahoe School’s programs is a highly dedicated team of teachers, administrators and staff totaling 29 professionals (44% hold advanced degrees) with an average of 10 years teaching experience. The student: teacher ratio is 6 to 1 with an average class size of 14.
Lake Tahoe School is fortunate to have an outstanding Board of Trustees, steadfastly dedicated to creating a superlative independent school in the Lake Tahoe region. Lake Tahoe School’s trustees represent a balance of skills, interests, and experience that together provide an essential environment of effective governance and a philosophical foundation for the future growth and success of the school.
Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials by July 15, 2017:
• EC Candidate Summary Sheet (Contact Doug Cummings for that document)
• Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee
• Statement of educational philosophy
• A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
• Up to three letters of reference may be submitted. (This is optional)
Application materials are to be sent, electronically via email, as a single WORD document or PDF to:
Douglas C. Cummings, Partner
Educators’ Collaborative, LLC