From the Washoe County School District:
The Washoe County School District (WCSD) has chosen three principals who were honored Tuesday as principals of the year for 2014: Denise DuFrene, principal of Corbett Elementary School; Juliana Annand, principal of Depoali Middle School; and Robert Sullivan, principal of Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology (AACT) who were recognized at the meeting of the WCSD Board of Trustees.
DuFrene, Annand, and Sullivan represent WCSD at state-level competitions. They were recognized for their exceptional skills, knowledge, and dedication to their students.
Denise DuFrene became principal at Corbett Elementary School last spring when the school was named to the District's Acceleration Zone. Previously, she was a teacher, dean, and assistant principal at Lois Allen Elementary School, and principal at Alice Maxwell Elementary School in Sparks, which was ranked as the second-highest high performing/high poverty school in Nevada.
"Receiving this is a great honor," said DuFrene. "I have been so lucky to work with high quality superintendents, teachers, principals, area superintendents, support staff, and parents, learning from them all. I am very fortunate to live in such a great community and be a part of the Washoe County School District. We are doing amazing things for kids!"
Julianna Annand taught science before she became assistant principal and principal at Mendive Middle School. She was named principal at Depoali Middle School in 2008.
"I am very humbled by this award," Annand said. "My feeling is that the heavy lifting for what is done for students goes on in the classroom and my job is to support, guide, and provide resources for my staff. I am surrounded by such incredible people from my administrative staff to my office and support staff to the teachers in the classroom – they make coming to work a joy. They do everything they can for these students and this community and they make me very proud to be a part of Depoali Middle School. I believe that they are the Middle School of the Year and I am fortunate to be able to lead them."
Robert Sullivan came to the Washoe County School District in 1999 as assistant principal for Pine Middle School, and then North Valleys High School, and Reno High School. He was named principal of Reno High School in 2002, and became principal of AACT in 2012.
"I have always strived to value students and staff and create a sense of belonging," Sullivan said. "I am blessed to have always been surrounded by students, staff, and parents who wanted to be the best. This recognition is shared with a lot of people."
From the Washoe County School District