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The Local Lens – Winter is Coming!

October 31, 2022 | Kathy Slocum

We’re thrilled to welcome guest author, Kathy Slocum, to pen this week’s Local Lens. She is a current board member and the publisher of our LIVE.WORK.PLAY. magazine. She originally moved to Incline Village in 1991 and has lived in the area since then, but returned to Incline Village in 2017. Please enjoy her article–
Greetings! Our weather is quickly changing, and winter will be here soon. We’ve got some great events coming this weekend. 
UNR at Lake Tahoe Ski Ball Fundraiser – Saturday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m.
Division 1 skiing returns to Nevada which is very exciting for our area. UNR’s new Athletic Director, Stephanie Rempe, has brought in Mihaela Kosi, who served as Sierra Nevada University’s (SNU) alpine skiing head coach since 2018. Mihaela will assume the same role with the revived University of Nevada Wolf Pack program. The addition of alpine skiing to the Wolf Pack varsity sports lineup is part of the University’s transition of assets and operations from SNU to the rebranded University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe. The SNU program has called Diamond Peak their training ground for many years. The UNR training program is undecided. Find out more about the Ski Ball, purchase tickets, or participate in the silent online auction here.
Over the last few years, I’ve trained with the Masters ski program offered by Diamond Peak Ski Education Foundation (ski team) and experienced the SNU athletes training. Their skill level is amazing. For all the aspiring ski racers, snowboarders, and all mountain skiers please consider joining one of the season long programs ski education programs with DPSEF.
Gather in Gratitude, Sunday, November 6
The 32nd Annual Tahoe Chocolate and Wine Festival is another great event I am looking forward to attending. Proceeds go to Sierra Community House whose mission is to connect and empower our community through family strengthening, crisis intervention, hunger relief, and legal services. Find out more and/or purchase tickets here.
Northern Lights Festival
IVCBA’s Northern Lights Festival begins Thanksgiving weekend and celebrations continue through December. Watch for the complete schedule of events in our upcoming issue of LIVE.WORK.PLAY. magazine, scheduled to arrive in your mailboxes by November 21. Visit www.northernlightstahoe.com for all the festival information and updates. I hope you enjoy the magic of the season.

As we approach the change of season and the winter months, I reflect on how much I love living in Incline Village, with access to amazing outdoor recreation and am reminded how fortunate we are. 

Kathy Slocum can be reached via email at kathy@ivcba.org.

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Community Profile: IHS Principal Tierney Cahill

August 18, 2021 | Kathy Slocum

PRINCIPAL, Tierney Cahill, comes to the post with an inspiring backstory which sheds light on innovative techniques in education she’ll be bringing up the hill with her.

Back in 2000, challenged by the 6th grade class she taught at Sarah Winnemucca Elementary School in Reno, Cahill wound up running for Congress. She had her class run her campaign, offering a prime example of projectbased learning and winding up becoming the Democrat’s nominee in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District. 

That experience caught media attention, including an NPR piece, Ms Cahill Goes To Washington and led to Cahill writing a book with Linden Gross. Ms. Cahill for Congress One Fearless Teacher, Her Sixth-Grade Class, and the Election That Changed Their Lives Forever (2008, Penguin/Random House) garnered national attention and a CSPAN interview by Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton in April 2009.

During her 31+ years as an educator, Cahill has had the opportunity to study at both the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is currently taking part in a program on school finance run by Georgetown University.

Of coming to Incline High, Cahill said that she is looking forward to the opportunity, as “there’s potential for innovation and creativity in a small school that is more difficult to create in a larger system.”

Cahill’s approach to education allows for students being involved in solving real world problems.

Her main focus this coming school year, though, will be to find ways to re-engage students back into school, past the pandemic and the havoc it has wreaked on education.

“I am concerned about the anxiety and mental health issues of young people. Isolation has not been kind to many children,” she said. “it’s going to be important to really be in tune with our students, build relationships and help them achieve their personal goals.”

Cahill added, “I think we just need to meet kids where they are and not stress them out. This was a worldwide pandemic. How about saying, great job getting through a horrible time. It’s going to get better, and we’re going to be by your side to help you.”

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