LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A recommendation for Dan Wold as Whittell’s principal
June 16, 2010
First, let us say, Sue Shannon is a hard act to follow. We have loved her as principal and we felt the love returned through her total involvement with the students and everyone else at Whittell. It’s encouraging to know she’ll be staying in Tahoe, at least for a while. Bet we’ll still see plenty of her at events and functions next year. Sue just breathes
Whittell and she’ll always be loved and remembered.
We’ve heard you’re looking for someone with experience as a high school principal, and, as you know, Dan Wold hasn’t held that title. But we believe he would bring the same kind of commitment to the school, students and community that Sue Shannon did. He’s well-known by students and parents alike, and he already knows the ins-and-outs of Whittell. Without a learning curve, he can build from day 1 upon the advances made at Whittell during the past 4 years.
As for performance, look and Kingsbury Middle School under his leadership. High achievement rankings throughout and rated Nevada’s No. 1 middle school at the time it closed. But Dan would be the first to say it wasn’t all his doing – true to his humble nature, he’d share the credit with students, involved parents and the community.
We can tell you from personal experience that Dan responds well and quickly to concerns from both parents and students. He commands respect from his students without being a stifling disciplinarian. I’m told he has more than 20 years of classroom experience in addition to his administrative resume, and knows the value of athletics first hand as a former coach.
Barb and I don’t know much about the nuts and bolts of Distance Learning or the latest technological advances, but we’ll bet Dan does.
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To us, he’s the Gentle Giant, and a perfect fit for Whittell going forward. Please choose Dan Wold as the next Whittell Principal.