From the Washoe County School District:
The Nevada Association of School Boards (NASB) has recognized a longtime supporter of education, a veteran educator, and a Reno television reporter with awards for their service to the Washoe County School District (WCSD) at its annual conference.
The NASB bestowed Jim Pfrommer with the Individual Friend of K-12 Public Education award. Pfrommer, a businessman who served as president of the Education Alliance of Washoe County, has spearheaded the Partners in Education program, served as a mentor to students, and joined educational leaders in pioneering education reform in Nevada.
"Jim Pfrommer has been a constant champion and advocate of our school district," said Superintendent Pedro Martinez. "He cares deeply for education and our community, and he devotes himself wholeheartedly to their mutual success. Jim Pfrommer is a special person and a staunch supporter of the Washoe County School District, its staff, and its children."
Richard Swanberg, who previously served as principal of Kate Smith Elementary School, was awarded the Nevada Elementary School Principal of the Year Award. Under his leadership, Kate Smith received the coveted Distinguished Title I School Award for tremendous growth in student achievement. Swanberg became a WCSD area superintendent in August.
"Richard is a very effective instructional leader, but most importantly, he has the ability to motivate and inspire those around him," said Chad Hicks, area superintendent for WCSD. "He always advocates for the disadvantaged student, and his efforts are never self-serving. He is always the quiet one behind the scenes who is focused on only one thing: improving the life of a child."
KTVN-TV Channel 2 reporter Arianna Bennett received the Media Award for Outstanding Education Reporting from the NASB. An alumnus of Reno High School, Bennett says she first discovered her love for journalism while working on the school newspaper.
"At the heart of Arianna's reporting is a deep compassion and understanding for students and educators, along with an infectious enthusiasm for her profession," said Irene Payne, chief communications and community engagement officer for WCSD. "She has established herself as a journalist of integrity, honor, and passion for her craft. She has set a standard for excellence in our community, and we are fortunate to work with her."
"Jim, Richard, and Arianna are richly deserving of these honors," said Martinez. "Our community is dedicated to working together to prepare our children for college and highly-skilled careers, and we are grateful for their continuing support to that effort."
From the Washoe County School District