The organization has named Bruce Meissner, principal at Clayton, as Nevada Middle School Principal of the Year, and Denise Hausauer, principal of Damonte Ranch, as Nevada High School Principal of the Year. Meissner and Hausauer will now compete for national recognition by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and will attend a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in October.
Earlier this year, Meissner and Hausauer were honored as principals of the year by the Washoe County School District.
“Being named Nevada High School Principal of the Year is a humbling experience,” Hausauer said in a press release. “It is the relationships and constant dialogue between the students, parents, and school staff that make our success possible. I feel blessed to work with such dedicated people, and I accept this honor on their behalf.”
“I am honored to be chosen the Middle School Principal of the Year for the state of Nevada, but it is truly a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the Clayton Middle School staff and students,” Meissner said. “I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such devoted professionals at Clayton, who passionately work to implement the district’s strategic plan to meet the learning needs of all students and their families.”
Meissner began his educational career in Washoe County in 1995 as a social studies teacher at McQueen High School. He served as principal of Dilworth Middle School from 2007 to 2010 before coming to Clayton Middle School as principal in 2010.
Hausauer is a graduate of Reno High School and the University of Nevada, Reno. She began her career at Sparks High School as a teacher. She later became dean of students at Reed High School and assistant principal at Damonte Ranch High School before she was named principal in 2005.