The Carson City School District announced the appointment of 10 new principals and district administrators for the 2021-22 school year.
First-day jitters are not just for students. The Carson City School District announced the appointment of 10 new principals and district administrators for the 2021-22 school year.
“We welcome all these qualified individuals in their new roles,” said Superintendent Richard Stokes in a news release. “Being an administrator in a public school district is no easy task these days. Stepping up to be a leader will provide valuable and dynamic support to the teams at their respective schools. I look forward to working alongside some of Carson City’s finest educators as they become familiar with their new assignments.”
Prior to her appointment as principal of Bordewich Bray Elementary School, Cheryl Richetta previously served as vice principal at Fremont Elementary since 2017. Prior to that she served the district as the lead literacy specialist where she oversaw the district’s rollout of the Read By Grade 3 Initiative. She simultaneously served as the summer school administrator for six elementary schools and as the ELA implementation specialist at Mark Twain Elementary. In addition, Richetta served as an administrative intern under Principal Ruthlee Caloiaro at Mark Twain, and her teaching experience includes sixth and seventh grade math at Carson Middle and kindergarten, first, third and fifth grade at Mark Twain. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Arizona State University (1997), a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) endorsement from Southern Utah University (2014) and a master’s in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University (2015).
Cheryl Richetta Jon “Shelby” Tuttle, the new vice principal at Bordewich Bray, has served within CCSD since 2002. Most recently, he was the dean of students for Carson High School (2019-21). He also previously was the vice principal (2014-19) and administrative intern and acting vice principal (2013-14) at Mark Twain. Prior to those leadership roles, he was a science teacher and coach (football and softball) at Carson High (2010-13). He was an administrative intern as dean of students (2008-09), a Measure of Academic Progress coordinator, science teacher and basketball coach at Eagle Valley Middle School. He was also a substitute teacher for the school district (2002-06). Tuttle earned a bachelor’s in secondary education from the University of Nevada (2005) and later earned a master’s in education from the University of Phoenix (2009). He also earned an English Language Acquisition and Development endorsement from Southern Utah University (2012). His career prior to being an educator was in sales and marketing. He has been heavily involved in youth sports and coaching since moving to Carson City in 1991. All three of his children are graduates of CHS, and his grandson attends elementary in the CCSD. Jon 'Shelby' TuttlePrior to his appointment as dean of students for CHS, Rodney Wade was a secondary math teacher in Washoe County School District (2019-21). He hails from Texas where he served as an information system business specialist (2018-19), a student information system specialist and data integration specialist (2016-18) for Corpus Christi Independent School District in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was assistant principal for Taft Independent School District in Taft, Texas (2012-16); a secondary mathematics instructor/coach for Gregory Portland Independent School District in Portland, Texas (2008-12) and a mathematics/seminar instructor for Mathis Independent School District in Mathis, Texas (2006-08). He also was in insurance sales for Mutual of Omaha in Corpus Christi (2005-06), was a computer science and media productions instructor for Pasadena Independent School District in Houston (2002-05); a web developer for Hines Interest in Houston (2000-01), a computer consultant and applications developer for Red Pepper Technologies in Abilene and Houston, Texas (1998-2000) and an applications developer for United Space Alliance in Houston (1999-2000). Wade earned a bachelor’s in computer science from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas and a master’s in secondary education from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas. Rodney Wade Lois Linehan, the new dean of students for EVMS, previously was an eighth grade special education teacher (2014-19). She recently served as the teacher on special assignment dean of students for EVMS (2019-20) and then taught eighth grade special education for a year before earning the dean position. She is ELAD endorsed and holds endorsements as a special education generalist, elementary education K-8 and school administrator. She earned a bachelor’s in special education, a master’s in learning and technology and a master’s in educational leadership from Western Governors University (2013, 2017 and 2020, respectively). Her husband is a Marine veteran and they have three boys attending CCSD schools. Her oldest was recently featured on Fox News and later in the Nevada Appeal for playing “taps” with their flag at half-staff outside their Carson City home to honor the men and women representing the U.S. Army, the Marine Corps and the Navy in Kabul who died. Lois LinehanBefore her appointment as vice principal at Fremont Elementary School, Kari Pryor served as professional learning and family engagement coordinator for the Carson City School District (2017-21). She has been a nationally recognized training associate for Thinking Collaborative (Cognitive Coaching) for more than 10 years and she holds an endorsement for ELAD. She was an adjunct professor for Sierra Nevada College in Reno (2015-17) where she planned for and facilitated Elementary Math methods and Elementary Language Arts methods courses to pre-service educators. Pryor was an Implementation specialist for CMS (2016-17) and EVMS (2010-16) where she supported and promoted initiatives associated with the Race to the Top grant. She was a regional professional development trainer for the Northwest Regional Training Program (2009-10) and the Western Nevada Regional Training Program (2005-09). She served as the staff development trainer for the Professional Development for Douglas County School District (2003-05) and was an elementary education teacher for Douglas County School District (1997-03) and for Maui County School District in Lanai City, Hawaii (1995-97). She earned a bachelor’s in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. and a master’s in Teaching from Grand Canyon University. Kari Pryor Cheryl Macy, the new director of equity in curriculum and instruction, has been with the Carson City School District for more than 23 years. Most recently, she was an English teacher at Carson High School (2017-21), but she also has served as vice principal at Seeliger Elementary (2016-17), dean of students at Carson High School (2014-16), implementation specialist at Carson High (2013-14), dean (teacher on special assignment) at Eagle Valley Middle School (2012-13) and Advanced Placement English teacher at Carson High (1998-12). She also worked as a medical imaging clerk for Carson-Tahoe Hospital (1989-99). She has been the Language Arts department chair (2019-21), Social Emotional Learning committee member (2017-21), Senior Project chair (2003-06 and 2008-13) at CHS. Macy earned a bachelor’s in English and her teaching certification from UNR. She also earned a master’s of education in administration from Grand Canyon University. Cheryl Macy In her new role, Tanya Scott will support Macy as assistant director of equity and English learner programming. Scott has served as the implementation specialist for the English Learner Program since 2018 and helped administer instruction and assessment for students enrolled in grant-funded pre-K programs (2016-18). She was an independent contractor focused on professional development and college coursework for teachers, earning them college credit and a Nevada ELAD endorsement to adapt curriculum for English Language Learners (2011-16). She was an English Second Language specialist for CCSD (2005-11) and continues as an adjunct faculty teacher in the education department of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village (2009-present). She taught multiple subjects to student with a wide range of needs including second language learners in grades six, four and kindergarten for Douglas County School District (2001-04). She also was an adjunct faculty for ESL and an adult ESL instructor (2000-01) for Palomar Community College and Ramona Unified School District in San Marcos and Ramona, Calif., respectfully. Scott earned a bachelor’s in theater from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master’s in education for TESOL from the U.S. International University in San Diego and a doctorate in literacy studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. Tanya ScottBefore she was appointed as the coordinator for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Project AWARE, Michelle Cleveland served as vice principal at Bordewich Bray (2017-21). Prior to that, she served as assistant principal at Donner Springs and Moss elementary schools in Reno and Sparks (2012-17). She was also assistant principal at Double Diamond and Lemmon Valley Elementary (2006-12). Her teaching experience includes sixth grade at Donner Springs Elementary, dean of students, reading specialist and grades two to six at Smithridge Elementary and English Second Language (ESL) teacher/head of department and sixth through eighth grades at EVMS (1993-06). Cleveland earned a bachelor’s in psychology from California State University, Chico (1991), multiple subject teaching credential from National University in Anaheim, Calif. (1992), a master’s in education: curriculum and instruction from Lesley University in Reno (1998) and a master’s in education: administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix (2004). Michelle ClevelandBrittany Witter, coordinator for humanities curriculum and assessment, is a product of the CCSD. She attended Seeliger, EVMS and graduated from CHS. She joked with an eighth grade social studies teacher to “save her a spot” in the department at EVMS because she was planning on coming back to teach. She student-taught (2014) and later taught social studies for seven years (2015-21) at EVMS. She was the most recent social studies department chair and new hire mentor there as well. Witter also taught ninth-grade algebra at CHS and U.S. history for Adult Education (2014-15). Witter earned a bachelor’s in secondary education in social studies from UNR (2014), GATE and ELAD endorsements from Southern Utah University (2016-20) and a master’s in learning and technology from Western Governors University (2018). Witter also heads the volleyball programs at CHS and has been coaching in the district for eight years. Brittany WitterChristine Perkins, the new special projects coordinator for McKinney-Vento and Foster Care, joins the Carson City School District from Washoe County where she was part of the administrative team to open Kendyl Depoali Middle School and then served as the assistant principal there (2009-21). She also was dean of students, seventh and eighth grade English teacher, department lead and student government advisor at O’Brien Middle School in Reno (2003-09). She completed her student teaching and served as a long-term substitute at Swope Middle School (2002-03). She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with an emphasis in English from UNR in 2002 and a master’s degree in educational leadership administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix in 2008. She completed her GATE certification in 2021. Perkins grew up in Lake Tahoe and is a Nevada resident for more than 30 years. Christine Perkins