Hien Larson, Principal
Welcome to Alder Creek Middle School! I know both students and parents are filled with excitement and maybe a little fear facing this new adventure of middle school. We are dedicated to easing the transition from elementary to middle school, and to preparing our students to be successful in high school and beyond.
As principal, I would like to introduce myself. My career as an educator started in the Bay Area teaching kindergarten. My husband and I moved to Truckee in 1998 where we taught in Reno at Sage Ridge School. I was fortunate to acquire a teaching job at North Tahoe Middle School in 1999. The majority of my career has been spent working with middle school students. I have taught nearly every subject, including theatre, math, science, social studies, and English. I love middle schoolers! As an immigrant, a second language learner, a Teacher Who Makes A Difference, and a Linda Brown Fellow recipient, I am honored to be working with middle school families. My experience as an administrator at Glenshire Elementary, Truckee Elementary, Truckee High, and Alder Creek Middle gives me a vast understanding of the whole child.
I promise to invest in our scholars with my very best thinking and my very best efforts, for they are our most important resource. My decisions will always be under the filter of what is best for all kids. The ACMS teachers, staff, families, and I are committed to our district vision of providing challenging and engaging learning opportunities in order for our students to thrive in college, career, and life. Please feel free to share your ideas and suggestions with us as, together, we create a learning environment that strives for excellence and always puts the needs of our students first.
Jenni Dewald, Assistant Principal
We are excited to have Jenni Dewald join Alder Creek Middle School as our new Assistant Principal. Ms. Dewald has 23 years of teaching experience and has been with the district for over 14 years, most recently as a teacher at Truckee Elementary.
Ms. Dewald’s educational preparation includes a Masters in Science in Educational Leadership from National University; a Masters in Educational Research from UC Santa Cruz; a Bachelors of Arts from UC Davis.