Debra Biersdorff serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada. Mrs. Biersdorff’s responsibilities include the leadership of numerous District departments including Curriculum and Instruction, Gifted and Talented Education, Career and Technical Education, Professional Learning, English Language Learners, and Title One Federal Grant programs. Mrs. Biersdorff’s experience in the District also includes service as a high school principal and area superintendent. As a member of the district’s Leadership Team, Mrs. Biersdorff is responsible for the development and deployment of the District’s nationally-recognized strategic plan, which includes collaborative efforts with local college and university faculty in lowering remediation rates. Additionally, Mrs. Biersdorff co-chairs the district’s Equitable Access Task Force whose work helps to ensure district academic programs and decisions provide access and support for all students. Recognized as Nevada’s High School Principal of the year in 2011, Mrs. Biersdorff is proud to have served the Washoe County School District for over 25 years.