Reid hired as Nevada Union High School’s new interim assistant principal |

Reid hired as Nevada Union High School’s new interim assistant principal

Stephen Roberson
Staff Writer
Bear River ag teacher Tim Reid has been hired as an assistant principal at Nevada Union High School.
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Bear River High School agriculture teacher Tim Reid has been named interim assistant principal at Nevada Union, replacing new interim Principal Kelly Rhoden in the role.

Rhoden was recently promoted to interim principal when former Principal Dan Frisella accepted a position within the Nevada Joint Union High School District.

Reid has been an agriculture teacher since 2009 at Bear River, where he’s taken on increasing leadership roles as his teaching career progressed. Encouraged by former Bear River Principal Jim Nieto and current Principal Amy Besler, he found his calling.

“I’ve had a lot of opportunity to mentor student teachers here at Bear River,” Reid said. “What it really came down to was I really had a passion for instructional leadership.

“Both Jim and Amy have given me great opportunities at the leadership level, and that just increased my passion,” he added. “I started to realize that as an assistant principal I could have a lot larger impact. Right now I have hundreds of students. At Nevada Union, I’ll have thousands of students.”

Louise Bennicoff Johnson, the district superintendent, had high praise for Reid and what he’ll bring to Nevada Union.

“He’s a highly enthusiastic, highly hard-working, highly competent educator who just brought home a national championship in agriculture mechanics,” she said.

Johnson said she had a deep field of strong candidates. Three were named finalists, one pulled out of the running and two interviewed. Johnson declined to name the other candidates.

“With Tim, he sets very clear expectations and he works very well with the kids who get their hands on things and build things,” Johnson said. “He runs a tight ship.

“His students are his middle managers. So he grows young people from the time they’re freshmen until they’re ready to go off to college and become leaders in their community.”

Rhoden is in her 19th year at Nevada Union. Following a 15-year teaching career, she spent three years as an assistant principal before replacing Frisella on Oct. 24. She served on a 10-member panel that included teachers, students, administrators, counselors and classified staff.

“What we are excited about in having Tim is his dedication, his desire to move into administration, his desire as an instructional leader to enact change and help when needed and support our goals at the site,” she said. “He has those skills to be a great resource for both the students and the staff.”

Rhoden said the interim roles are common when administration positions are filled during the school year.

“The interim title is so we can get through the remainder of the school year and then move on from there,” she said. “It’s just to give time and that learning curve for everybody.”

Johnson said both Reid and Rhoden have a strong chance to take on their positions permanently.

“It’s an opportunity for each to try on the role and see how they do so at the end of the year we can make some mutual decisions,” she said.

Reid admitted the promotion was bittersweet.

“The last two days have been the worst two days of my teaching career, telling everyone,” he said. “I’m so excited to reach my goal as a site administrator and it’s heart-wrenching at the same time. It’s just the opportunity to reach my goals, and hopefully the kids see this as a lesson in reaching goals.”

Reid was raised in Plumas County on a diversified livestock ranching and farming operation. He graduated from CSU Chico in 2004 then went to work in the private agriculture sector as a quality control inspector with Markon, a produce company in the Salinas Valley.

After two-and-a-half years with Markon, he returned to school, earning his Master of Science and single-subject teaching credential in agriculture in 2007 from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

He’s currently one of two agriculture teachers at Bear River, where he continued his teaching career after two years at Esparto High School. He finished tier one of the Placer County Office of Education’s administration credential program last June. Now that he’s been hired in an administrative role, he’ll enter tier two.

As coach of Bear River’s Ag Mechanics Team, Reid led the Bruins to their second consecutive National FFA Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems Career Development Event national championship, beating out nearly 8,000 chapters and more than 600,000 members across the United States.

Reid was on Nevada Union’s campus on Wednesday. He will remain at Bear River until an appropriate long-term substitute can be hired to take over his courses.

To contact Staff Writer Stephen Roberson, email or call 530-477-4236.

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