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State Superintendent Visits Pioneer High School in Carson City

Left to right: Pioneer High School Principal Jason Zona, Nevada State Superintendent Jhone Ebert and Carson City School District Director of Fiscal Services Andrew Feuling. 

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” Jhone Ebert, Nevada’s state superintendent of public instruction, exhibited the traits of a great leader during her April 16 visit to Carson City School District’s Pioneer High School (PHS).

During a tour of the campus, she spoke with individual students, teachers, Principal Jason Zona and members of the PHS student leadership team. She took the time to visit nearly all of the classrooms and see what every-day-learning is like at PHS. Ebert listened intently as students, such as leadership student Hailee Olsen, expressed their views of education at PHS.

She also took the time to visit with PHS teachers and learn about their approaches to learning. Amy Westre, a science teacher at PHS, especially appreciated Ebert’s interest in the innovative projects her students are working on. Ebert noted that the Pioneer staff have “built an amazing home for students to learn.”

She also expressed that every student she spoke with “was happy to be there.” PHS students were thankful for Ebert’s willingness listen to their viewpoints. The staff at Pioneer were truly honored to host Ebert’s visit and appreciated the time and attention to the students in Carson City.

Besides the everyday campus life at PHS, Ebert also had the opportunity to learn more about the exciting future of Pioneer Academy. For the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, the Carson City School District is shifting all full-time online education for elementary, middle school and high school students to Pioneer Academy.

The Pioneer Academy grades 1-12 consists of three Carson City Schools: Pioneer High School (9-12) On Campus and Online, Pioneer Online Middle School (6-8) and Pioneer Online Elementary School (1-5). The staff at Pioneer Academy are excited for the new framework, and they are eager to meet the needs of learners all across the district. For more information regarding Pioneer Academy, please visit pioneer.carsoncityschools.com.

By Becky Allen, PHS Teacher

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