Carson City’s Dr. Steve Pradere was honored last Saturday for his work with the city’s schools.
Pradere was awarded the District Level Administrator Impacting Student Achievement award by the Nevada Association of School Boards for his work with the Race to the Top program in Carson City schools.
“It is exciting to be nominated by our school board and selected by the NASB so it is an honor to be recognized for the work we do,” Pradere said. “It reenforces the great work of the teachers and administration I work with do on a daily basis.”
Pradere has worked with the district for 26 years, as a teacher, implementation specialist, grants developer and for the last four years he has been the District’s Transformation Office Director. He was one of the front-runners for developing the Race to the Top curriculum in Carson, a $10 million grant that allows students and teachers to develop a personal learning model in the schools.
“Out of 1,225 applications for the grant we had the number one application so that allowed the district to develop a personalized learning model that allows students and teachers to have clear and well defined learning pathways they can attend,” Pradere said.
The NASB held a dinner and awards banquet last Saturday in Reno to honor all of the recipients from across the state.
“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Pradere as a member of our staff,” said Superintendent Richard Stokes. “The work he has accomplished through the Race to the Top Grant and with the work associated with personalized learning is nothing short of amazing.”
Pradere said he was excited when he was presented with the award.
“It is humbling because so many administrators are doing great work,” Pradere said. “I am thankful for the recognition and was surprised to be nominated then awarded.”
Pradere said he hopes to continue building the Race to the Top curriculum to expand it to elementary education in Carson City.
“We want to open personalized learning for all students who attend our district,” Pradere said.