RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Nevada Association of School Boards (NASB) has recognized a member of the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees, a high school principal, and News 4's Shelby Sheehan with awards for their service to the District.
Trustee John Mayer was named New School Board Member of the Year; Damonte Ranch High School Principal Denise Hausauer was named Administrator of the Year; and Shelby Sheehan, anchor-reporter for KRNV-TV News 4, received the Media Award for Outstanding Education Reporting during a ceremony in Reno on Nov. 17.
From Washoe County:
John Mayer is a career educator who served as a teacher, elementary school principal, and coach before retiring from the District in 2000 after 30 years. He was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010 and visits school sites three times a week to speak with staff, students, and parents. He has served on the Sparks City Council and education advisory committees at the local and state level, and was elected to the Sparks High School Hall of Fame. He currently serves as vice president of the Board of Trustees.
Denise Hausauer was named principal of Damonte Ranch High School in 2005. Under her leadership from 2010 to 2012, the graduation rate at DRHS rose by 22 percentage points. She began her educational career at Sparks High School as a teacher, served as dean of students at Reed High School, then moved to Damonte Ranch as assistant principal. She also was instrumental in establishing the Performing Arts Center Signature Academy at her school.
Shelby Sheehan is the mother of two young children, and her “Anchor Mom” series has been instrumental in spreading the word about challenges surrounding bullying among children and how it affects students in their studies and in their lives. The Board of Trustees nominated Sheehan because her consistently high-caliber reporting has raised awareness about the strong commitment made by the District to train staff, support students, and target the problem wherever and whenever it happens.