South Tahoe High School’s new principal prepares for move to Tahoe |

South Tahoe High School’s new principal prepares for move to Tahoe

Claire Cudahy
STHS's new principal Carline Sinkler comes to the South Shore from San Francisco where she served as the principal of Herbert Hoover Middle School since 2013.
Courtesy / Carline Sinkler |

South Tahoe High School’s new principal is eager to get started.

“I’m really excited about the community and the school,” said Carline Sinkler, who accepted the job as STHS principal back in May. “I’m planning on being there the last week of July and really digging in and getting going.”

Former principal Chad Houck resigned for unknown reasons back in March after three years in the position.

Sinkler comes to the South Shore from San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) where she served as the principal of Herbert Hoover Middle School since 2013.

With over 1,000 students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, the middle school was “very, very complex,” said Sinkler, pointing to its two language immersion and three performing arts programs. It also had the first STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, and Math) program in the district in addition to AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and AVID Excel.

“Part of what’s exciting to me at [STHS] … is there seems to be a tremendous willingness to look towards the future, and there’s a sense of how important it is for learning to be authentic,” said Sinkler. “My notion is that I’m going to spend the first several months just listening and observing.”

But that’s not to say she doesn’t have a few ideas up her sleeve.

“I’m definitely going to take a look at how we are serving our kids who are English learners and how we can do some work connecting the AVID strategies with English learners,” said Sinkler.

SFUSD honored Sinkler with the Impact Award for her work in “enhancing outcomes” for English learners in the district. She was also named ACSA Region 5’s Administrator of the Year and San Francisco Mayor’s Principal of the Year.

Additionally, Sinkler is looking forward to enhancing academy programming at the school.

“The academies are really interesting to me, so I’m very excited about the Sports Medicine Academy,” said Sinkler. “I know that there’s going to be some work towards a Teachers Academy, so getting those pathways in place towards working in education.”

Enhancing the existing partnership with Lake Tahoe Community College is another priority, said Sinkler.

“I am very excited to have kids actually working towards college while they are in school,” she added.

Sinkler is moving to South Lake Tahoe with her husband, two snow-loving dogs, and outdoor gear in tow.

“We absolutely love the lake. We got married at Emerald Bay and a year after we got married we paddleboarded across to the campground by Vikingsholm,” said Sinkler. “There’s an incredible community that I’ve already seen, and there is a lot of possibilities.”

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