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For the public – Kate Wiley

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My job title: I am the principal of Gold Run School and the special education director for the Nevada City School District.

What I do in my job: I work with kindergarten through second-grade students, teachers, and parents to ensure that our educational team offers the best possible educational programs for our children. I also support all of the special education programs in the district to ensure that our students with special needs receive a free and appropriate public education that meets each student’s unique needs, in order to benefit from his/her access to educational opportunities.

Why my job is important to the public: I feel my job is important to the public because I serve as an advocate for children. I strive to give our students the best teachers, programs, activities and experiences that they can get.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: A master’s degree in education administration, nine years as a principal, 16-plus years as a teacher, a love for education and a sense of humor.

The best part of my job is: Seeing children laughing and learning.

A day at work I’ll always remember was: The day that all four of my history day groups competed to go to the State History Day competition and won. These fifth- through eighth-grade students had worked so hard, and their labors were rewarded. We had a wonderful time in Sacramento.

How I got my job: I got my current job at Nevada City Schools just this summer. Due to budget cuts in my last district in Sebastopol, the superintendent of that district was forced to take on a principalship, too. I applied for the position here. I was wonderfully pleased to get this position, having visited the area many times.

My dream job would be: Right now, this really is my dream job. I really love working with the staff and families here.

My family: I live here with my husband. We’ve just found a wonderful place for my mother to live that is only a few minutes away from us. We’ll be moving her up during our October break.

My hobbies: My favorite hobby is reading. My husband says he can’t get me out of a good book!

When I was a kid: I wanted to be a teacher. At 3, I would sit across the table from my sister while she worked on her letters and numbers. I learned early how to write … unfortunately, it was all upside down.

My dream vacation: Would be a trip through the British Isles. In college, I was an avid reader of the Bronte sisters. I always wanted to visit the moors.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My father, my sister, Teresa, and my husband. My father for all his philosophical support, my sister for all her moral and emotional support (she’s my best girlfriend, too), and my husband for his love and nurturing.

The best book I’ve read lately … : Lately, I’ve been on a mystery bent. P.D. James is one of my favorite authors in that genre.

I like living in Nevada County because … : I like living in Nevada City because we’re living in a large flat over a store in old town. My husband and I have always lived in rural areas. It’s rather exciting, living the “city” life in such a quaint area.


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