Introducing New Leadership

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Tobin Bechtel

As we head towards reopening in August, we are not only busily preparing campus and safety protocols but also welcoming new faculty and staff.

After a truly extensive and global search, I am excited to welcome Scott Huyler as our new Assistant Head of School for Academics. Scott is currently the Academic Affairs Senior Coordinator for Qatar Foundation Schools in Doha Qatar, a school district with thirteen schools and 5000+ students catering to the needs of the expatriate and local community in Doha.  Over the past twelve years Scott has worked in various capacities within education, including IB English teacher, academic coordinator, law/criminal justice instructor and humanities teacher. Prior to changing careers to education, Scott worked as a criminal defense attorney and civil litigator in Denver, Colorado. Scott is interested in the dynamics of school improvement and teaching and learning. He currently teaches Negotiation and Communication to Improve Schools in Endicott College's Masters of International Administration program in Madrid Spain and Leysin, Switzerland.  He holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a M.A. in International Education Administration from Endicott College, and a JD from the University of Denver College of Law.

Scott will be working closely with Academic Leadership Team and myself. The other two members of this team are already well known in our community - Michelle Gallivan, taking on the role of Lower & Middle School Dean of Students and Emily Dolan assuming the role of Upper School Dean of Students.

Michelle is excited to be taking on the role of LS-MS Dean of Students for the 2020-2021 school year.  This fall will mark year 25 in education for her, so taking on new responsibilities seems like the perfect way to celebrate this milestone.  She began her career at the Landmark School in Beverly, MA teaching students with language-based learning disabilities. She learned how to support students with varying strengths and to help students develop confidence when working on challenging tasks. One of her favorite parts of her time at Landmark was acting as a campus coordinator, organizing activities for students throughout the year. Coordinating activities/schedules for staff and students is a strength she will bring to the Dean of Students position and it was vital when she acted as Middle School Coordinator several years ago at SRS.  Michelle strives always to establish mutual respect, and when conflicts arise, she works to find a resolution that maintains the dignity of those involved. She is known for compassionately supporting parents as they navigate these formative years in their children.  Michelle was voted the teacher who "gives the best advice" in this year's SRS yearbook. 

Emily has been an independent school educator since 2003 and has experience in virtually every aspect of school life. For the bulk of her career, she taught English and coached tennis and squash at college prep boarding schools, where she also ran dormitories filled with active freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. In addition to teaching, coaching, and dorm life, Emily was assistant Dean of Students at Canterbury School and class dean for grades 10-12 at Miss Porter's School. When her family moved to Reno, she was grateful to land at Sage Ridge as the sixth grade English and History teacher and Grade Level Team Leader, and she is just as excited to be working with Upper School students again. She cares deeply about holistic student wellness, issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, and life's constant invitation for learning. Emily was voted "most likely to be called mom" in this year's SRS yearbook. 

Athletics is already preparing for a great year with Anthony Farnsworth leading as Interim Athletic Director with the assistance of the Athletics Leadership Committee (ALC). The ALC is a newly created committee formed by the school to provide strategic guidance on driving our athletics vision, messaging, and culture that fosters hard work, belief, resilience and a winning spirit. Sage Ridge’s ALC will help lead this focus on athletics excellence, with the expectation that doing so will thereby elevate Sage Ridge’s visibility and prominence as the region’s preeminent, well-rounded educational experience. While the NIAA and TAH-NEVA (our sports associations) are still actively working on what our sports seasons will look like, we are organizing pandemic protocol appropriate training sessions that our students are enjoying - boys and girls basketball as well as girls volleyball. Our fall/winter coaches have had an all-coaches meeting to review the coming year and prepare goals in line with our athletics vision promoting excellence. We are thrilled to also have Christine Kratzer now serving as our Health and Safety officer and working closely with AD Farnsworth on developing safety protocols across our campus. 

We look forward to reconnecting with our wonderful community in the fall as we cheer on our student-athletes with Scorpion Pride. Sage Ridge is committed to excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts, which provide the framework for developing the whole student.

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