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PBS Reno Spotlight Awards & Auction

It’s time to vote for the Spotlight Awards winners from our amazing finalists!


This year’s Spotlight Awards & Auction will be at 5:30pm on September 16, 2022 at the Silver Legacy Grande Exposition Hall! 

PBS Reno will recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses making a significant impact on the region. PBS Reno will be recognizing the Carano Family as the Extraordinary Philanthropists of the Year!

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PBS Reno Spotlight Awards & Auction

Extraordinary Educator

This award recognizes an educator who has distinguished themselves in their community; by going above and beyond the regular duties of an educator to truly make an impact on a school, district, college, or community. Eligible nominees must be located in PBS Reno’s northern Nevada and northeastern California viewing areas.

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2022 FINALISTS | Extraordinary Educator


Don Angotti is truly a one-of-a-kind educator. As the principal of Poulakidas Elementary, he puts students, families, and staff as a top priority. He is involved within the school and community. Mr. Angotti always has time to listen and will always help in any way he can. Whether that means greeting parents every morning and afternoon, directing traffic in the pick-up line, or doing whatever it takes to motivate his students, Mr. Angotti has gained a reputation of being a privilege to work with and for.


Jeff Batavia is the amazing principal at Rollan Melton Elementary. His loving and joyful presence is on display every day. He plays music during morning announcements for the students, knows every student by name, and treats each child with kindness. Parents and students alike are grateful to have Jeff Batavia as an educator in the community.


Kristy McMillan strives to make her student’s school year amazing. After the affected educational experiences as a result of distance education during the lockdown, many children struggled to learn like other children. Ms. McMillan understood the potential issues resulting from distance learning for some students and worked hard to help them regain their confidence. This is what an extraordinary educator does—they believe in the child and love them when they don't believe in themselves. They keep striving for the next goal and they never give up.

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2022 Finalists In Additional Award Categories


Extraordinary Youth

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Extraordinary Community Group 

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Extraordinary Local Business

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It’s time to vote for the Spotlight Awards winners from our amazing finalists!

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Gary and Carrie Carano

Bergdahl Associates | Chris & Parky May 

Chris & Parky May

Carson Valley Inn Casino
Tamarack Casino
Bank of America
Snell & Wilmer
Meadows Bank
The Diamond Vault
The Row
Renown Health
Bill Pearce Motors
Cordillera International Film Festival
Teneral Cellars
Women & Children's Center
John Dermody Ventures

Gigi and Lash Turville

Susan and Mark Herron

Western Nevada Supply
Dermody Properties
University of Nevada, Reno
Savage Son
Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce
Erlach Computer Consulting
Erlach Computer Consulting
Dermody Properties
Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows
Lobardi Construction
Erlach Computer Consulting
Reno Carson Lumber
Washoe County
Sierra Nevada Cosmetic + Laser Surgery
Alice Heiman
James E. Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Contact: Diane Barrett, Community Partnership Executive
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