FOR THE PUBLIC: Maggie Deetz, Grass Valley |

FOR THE PUBLIC: Maggie Deetz, Grass Valley

My job title: Principal of Bear River High School.

What I do in my job: I am the educational leader for a campus of 50 teachers and 1,070 students. I am responsible for ensuring a safe learning environment, where students and staff can continue their education and be successful.

Why my job is important to the public: I feel education is THE most important profession. Without educators at every level, there would be no skilled and talented workers in society. Our task is monumental when one realizes that we teach students to be lifelong learners, productive members of society, involved citizens, collaborative workers, and good communicators, all with good employability and technology skills. The old saying “It takes a village to raise a child” is very true, and we as educators work in partnership with the parents and community to “raise” our children.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: People skills – the ability to relate to all ages, to challenge students and staff to build on their strengths while improving areas of need in order to be successful members of the community at-large. I feel I am a good listener who allows staff to be innovative in challenging students to succeed.

The best part of my job is when: I go to a Future Farmers of America speech contest; or a performance by the band, choir, dance or drama groups; or an athletic contest; or watch senior projects; or simply see the smile on a student’s face in a class when he “sees the light.” Seeing our students succeed on any level is why we are all in the business of education. The “A ha!” is still the greatest reward.

The part of my job that I like least is: Paperwork – reports to the state and federal government, budget reports, etc. Anything that keeps me in my office and not out walking on campus where the action is.

A day of work I’ll always remember was …: When a mother of a student whose family was having hard times asked me to raise her son temporarily until they got back on their feet. To be so trusted that a parent would offer their child is an amazing compliment.

How I got my job: I was a special education teacher at Bear River since 1987. I then served as an assistant principal here for eight years. Last spring, when the former principal, Richard Werntz, retired, the superintendent and school board asked me to become the principal.

How long I’ve been working here: Since 1987, as a teacher, then assistant principal, then principal. I have been in the district since 1980.

My dream job would be: Teaching and then going into a leadership role in education – exactly what I am doing! It can’t get much better than getting up every day and coming to a job you love!

My family: Husband of 23 years, Hank; three children; one grandson

My hobbies: Cooking, fishing, needlework.

When I was a kid, I …: Played school a lot and was always the teacher!

If money were no object, I would: Finish my career in education and then retire to the beaches of Hawaii

My dream vacation: Hawaii or the countryside of Spain

If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: Katherine Hepburn

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My high school English teacher, my husband and sons.

My hero: Every child I see overcome the normal obstacles in life and succeed.

I like living in Nevada County because …: The people care about each other and their youth. I have never seen a community that does more for the children, from scholarships to donations to work opportunities to passing a school bond. This community is amazing.

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