Teacher Education Faculty & Staff
- BA, Social Sciences, University of Arkansas
- MA, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado
Beth Bouchard has twenty-two years of experience in education as a public school classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, elementary school principal, and college and university instructor. Her last position was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Florida Department of Education. In addition to her administrative duties, Bouchard also teaches in the Teacher Education program.
- BS, Early Childhood Education, University of Nevada, Reno
- MA, Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Reno
Keli Brown has seventeen years of experience working with children and adults in educational environments including early childhood, experiential outdoor education, and private K-8 programs. Keli has extensive knowledge in Emilia Reggio, Montessori and Waldorf pedagogies and curriculums and has taught second through fifth grade using Waldorf methods. In addition to being an administrator, advisor, and instructor in the Teacher Education program, Keli is currently working on her PhD in Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno.
- BA, Governors State University
- MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, Governors State University
- PhD, Instructional and Curricular Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Dr. Jeanne A. Klockow, is currently serving as the Director for the Master in Education degree in Advanced Teaching and Leadership (M.Ed.) Program. Dr. Klockow created and developed the M.Ed. program, with a primary focus on advocacy and teachers as agents for change through active leadership. The primary purpose of the M.Ed. program is to encourage professionals to become leaders in their respective professional fields. Dr. Klockow also serves as a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, where she teaches classes in leadership and educational theory. Prior to coming to SNC, Dr. Klockow served in other educational capacities including the Director for the Center for Teaching & Learning-Assessment and also Curriculum Developer for large environmental agencies.
- BA Management, National Louis University
- MA Education, Rosary College
- PhD Education Leadership, Colorado State University
Dr. Markle has served as Library Director at three different institutions over the past 20 years. After 12 years at DeVry University, both in the Chicago area and Atlanta, she worked for Argosy University in Atlanta for four years before moving to Incline Village as Library Director at Sierra Nevada College. Her teaching experience includes teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate level, including online classes. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for SCELC (Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium). Here at SNC, Dr. Markle teaches Business Research for the Business Department and Education Research classes for the Teacher Education Department.
- BA., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
- MA., Communicative Disorders, California State University, Northridge
- MA., Educational administration, California State University, Los Angeles
- EdD., Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University
Dr. Jacqueline Allen has thirty-five years of experience in education as a public school special education classroom teacher, special school assistant principal, area instructional coordinator, and area special education director. She currently works for the Clark County School District as a Special Education Director, in addition to providing post-secondary instruction in special education.
- BS, Education University of Nevada, Reno
- MA, School Counseling, University of Phoenix, Gifted and Talented Endorsement
Upon retiring from her elementary and gifted and talented teaching positions with Washoe County School District, Laureen joined SNC as a supervisor of student teachers. She has been a Board member of the WCSD Gifted and Talented Advisory Council since its inception, and a member of the National and California Gifted and Talented Associations.
• B.A., Psychology, University of Wisconsin
• M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
• M.Ed., Administrative Leadership, Sierra Nevada College
I have worked for the Clark County School District for 16 years. Last year was my first year as an assistant principal at an elementary school. It has always been my passion to work with students and staff to make a difference in lives of young people. I am looking forward to beginning my teacher career at Sierra Nevada College.
- BS, Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Nevada Reno
- MS, Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Nevada Reno
- EdS, Educational Administration, University of Nevada Reno
Nancy has over 20 years of specialized teaching and educational administration experience in Northern Nevada. She has worked in two school districts at the elementary level and has been an adjunct instructor for Sierra Nevada College since the fall of 2012.
BA. University Nevada Las Vegas
MA. University Nevada Las Vegas
Lisa Cipriano has been teaching in the public school system in Nevada for the past 20 years and an adjunct instructor at SNC since 2009 years. Her degree is in education with an emphasis on special education and transitioning.
- MEd, University of Findlay
Stacey brings 16 years of experience to Nevada from Ohio, where she served as an Administrator for School Improvement, Director of Secondary, and Interim Superintendent. Her passion lies with urban education, where she has successfully improved schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade. As a bilingual administrator in the Washoe County School District, she brings a zest for cultural diversity to northern Nevada.
- MEd, Administration and Educational Leadership, Sierra Nevada College
- MA, Teaching, Sierra Nevada College
- BA, Communications, University of Nevada, Reno
Brittany joined Sierra Nevada College as an adjunct professor and academic advisor after completing her teacher licensure and MAT from Sierra Nevada. After completing her M.A. in Teaching, Brittany continued her education with SNC by completing her M.Ed. in Administration and Educational Leadership in 2012. Currently, Brittany is teaching Math in the Washoe County School District, while serving as a member of a 21st Century Learning Academy which will increase technology in the classroom.
- BSC, Social Work, University of Nevada, Reno
- MAEd, Elementary Education, University of Phoenix, Reno
- MAEd, Administration and Supervision, University of Phoenix, Reno
Sally D’Ault has been a teacher with WCSD for 10 years. She has taught Kinder – 4th Grade and has tutored children in 4 – 6th grade. She holds a BSc from UNR in Social Work, a MAEd in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and a MAEd in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. She currently teaches First Grade at Dodson Elementary School in Reno. When not teaching she enjoys spending time with her young family and traveling.
- BS, Business Management, San Diego State University
- MA, Higher Education Administration, New York University
- PhD, Workforce Education and Organizational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
In addition Dr. Davis’s position at SNC, she also serves as the Director for Academic Enrichment at the UNLV Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (CAEO). She administers four federally funded TRiO projects (three Student Support Services, and McNair Scholars Program).
Dr. Davis has been an educator for more than 15 years. Her previous positions include serving as an elementary school teacher and counselor for San Francisco Unified School District.
Dr. Davis has made numerous presentations on educational issues on the state, regional, and national levels. Her professional affiliations include the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and TRIO Training Faculty. Dr. Davis also serves as a part-time instructor in the College of Urban Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
- B.S., Education, Nova Southeastern University
- M.S., TESOL, Nova Southeastern University
- M.A., Education, National University, San Diego, CA
Educating adults has been the most rewarding experience. They are focused and motivated with hope for their future as well as the future of their families. Providing a conduit for the achievement of their goals gives me reassurance toward a bright future for all of us.
- MEd, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jeff Grandy began working in higher education at the University of Western Ontario, where he oversaw the athletic curriculum taught during the summer youth programs. While working for Medicine Hat College he taught freshmen and sophomore physical education labs. He is currently an Athletic Academic Advisor at UNLV.
Outside of the classroom Jeff enjoys distance running and cycling as well as going swimming with his wife and daughter.
- BCBA Respecialization, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
- MEd, Special Education with Emphasis in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, University of Nevada Las Vegas
- BS, Special Education General Studies, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Ritzie Gratrix has worked with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder for over 10 years. She began her career as home program tutor, then earned her Bachelor’s and Masters of Education degrees to continue to work with the students with autism in a public school setting. She has received supplemental training in the areas of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Ritzie is currently working on her Ed.D. in Special Education with a minor in Curriculum Development.
- BS, University of Nevada Reno
- MAT, Sierra Nevada College
Whitney Hansen is an elementary school teacher with 6 years of experience in education in Washoe County School District. Her thesis was written on the implementation of technology in education and teaching pedagogy.
- MEd, Nova Southeastern University
LaDonna Henderson is an Assistant Principal with the Clark County School District (CCSD) with over 15 years experience teaching special education students. Her educational philosophy is that we must teach each and every student to succeed.
- Susan Hendricks, Literacy Instructor and Consultant
- Master of Education, University of Nevada Las Vegas, December 1992 – Instructional and Curricular Studies: Emphasis Reading
- Bachelor of Arts, San Diego State University, January 1967 – Social Sciences/Education
- BA, Humboldt State University
- MA, Grand Canyon University, Arizona
Heather Honig began teaching at Sierra Nevada in spring, 2009. She graduated from Grand Canyon University with a MA in Curriculum and Instruction in Technology. Prior to receiving her MA, Ms. Honig earned a BA in Education with a TESL minor. In her 13 years of teaching, she has taught elementary and middle school in both California and Nevada. Each of these experiences has allowed her to teach many diverse language learners. Ms. Honig is currently teaching middle school science courses in Las Vegas.
- BA. in Secondary Education, UNLV
- MA. in Curriculum and Instruction, UNLV
- National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescents English Language Arts
A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Caprice taught for 13 years in the Clark County School District as a secondary English teacher in both middle school and high school. She worked at National University and the College of Southern Nevada for 7 years as faculty and administrator before coming to Sierra Nevada College.
- B.A. San Jose State University
- M.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kristofer Huffman has 10 years of experience in education as an elementary teacher and administrator in public schools, a professional development presenter/trainer, and university instructor.
- B.S., Elementary Education, New Mexico State University
- M.A., Teaching, Grand Canyon University
- M.A., School Administration, University of the Southwest
Mrs. Darian Jaramillo has been in education for 22 years as a classroom teacher, high school assistant principal, and high school principal. She currently works for the Los Lunas School District as principal of Valencia High School. Mrs. Jaramillo specializes in Instructional Leadership.
- Ed.D. in Institutional Management, Pepperdine University
- M.S. in School Administration, Pepperdine University
- M.S. in Business Administration, Marketing/Management, California State University, Long Beach
- B.A. in Economics, California State University, Long Beach
- BA, University of Nevada, Reno
- MA, Lesley College
Nancy joined SNC as an adjunct faculty member in the fall of 2009. She received her ESL endorsement from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008. Nancy taught 29 years for the Washoe County School District. She retired and became an independent educational consultant. She is presently working at a variety of schools in the district as an instructional coach and teacher leader. She is currently working for Pearson as a professional developer and traveling all over the United States. Nancy is a member of the International Reading Association, and is on the editing board for the Reading Teacher. She is also a member of ASCD.
- BA, Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- MS, Elementary Education, Nova Southeastern University
- MEd, Special Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- PhD, Special Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Delilah Krasch is an adjunct faculty member for the online M.Ed. program. Dr. Krasch is also a project facilitator for the Early Childhood Department of Clark County School District and is an autism and early childhood special education content specialist for the New Teacher Center and the e-Mentoring for Student Success program. She has also served as a part-time instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and taught third grade, second grade, and self-contained autism classes.
B.A. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
M.A.T. Sierra Nevada College
Ralph Krauss has been a Clark County School District employee since 2015, beginning as a substitute teacher and completing the Alternative Routes to Licensure program in 2006. Krauss is certified to Teach English as a Second Language (TESL.) His teaching experience includes teaching kindergarten, second, fourth and fifth grade.
Before moving to Las Vegas in 2001 he lived in Grosse Ile, Michigan. He received his BA from UNLV in 2005 in Communications, and his MA in Teaching in 2015 from SNC.
- PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Dottie Kulesza is an assistant principal in an elementary school in Clark County School District. Dr. Kulesza received all of her degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has been teaching a variety of courses for the past several years in Sierra Nevada College’s M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs, both face-to-face and online.
- MA, California State University at San Jose
Michael is in his 44th year in professional education.He has served in the capacity of secondary teacher and college adjunct professor, student teacher supervisor for student teachers, as a secondary counselor, and as a principal at elementary, middle and high school levels. He also was a district director of K-12 programs.
BS, Special Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
MEd, Administrative Leadership, Sierra Nevada College
Amy Manning is an administrative leadership internship supervisor at SNC, and an assistant principal for the Clark County School District. Prior to becoming an administrator, she taught special education resource classes and was a Special Education Instruction Facilitator for elementary and secondary schools.
- BA, University of Nevada, Reno
- MEd, University of Phoenix
Jaci has been teaching experience in the elementary classroom since 2005. She has taught several grade levels, including interventionist, and is currently a professional development trainer. Jaci has a TESL endorsement and has worked closely with Special Education students and gifted and talented students while designing classroom interventions for optimal success.
- BA, California State University, Chico
- MA, Indiana University
- EdS, University of Nevada, Reno
- PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Sue Moulden-Horton taught Physical Education in grades K-12 for 7 years in Nevada before becoming a school administrator in a small rural district in Nevada. After 5 years of middle and elementary administration, Dr. Moulden-Horton has been working for the Nevada Department of Education as the statewide School Improvement Grant (SIG) Coordinator. Most recently, she is teaching both online and on campus Health Education classes for Sierra Nevada College.
- BS, Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- MEd, Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- MEd, Literacy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Tammy Muniz is currently teaching for Sierra Nevada College’s Master in Education degree in Advanced Teaching and Leadership Program. Ms. Muniz also teaches English at Foothill High School in Henderson, NV and has been educating students in the Clark County school district for seven years. In addition, she received an Advanced Studies Certificate in teacher leadership from the Clark County School District.
- BA, Fort Lewis College, Durango
- MEd, University of Arkansas
Jacob Murdock, is currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Advanced Teaching and Leadership (M.Ed.) program. Jacob is also the Manager of the United Way of Southern Nevada Volunteer Center. Prior to teaching at SNC, Jacob taught in the Leadership & Civic Engagement Minor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
- B.S., Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- M.Ed., Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
I am currently serving as the Vice President of Strategic Operations and the Executive Leadership Resident at The Public Education Foundation. Prior to this, I have been a Life Science teacher, Science Department Chairperson, Dean of Students and Assistant Principal at several at-risk middle and high schools throughout the Vegas Valley.
I attended public K-12 schools in Missouri, New York, Minnesota, Colorado, and California. I have a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Biological Sciences and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, both from UNLV. In 2002, I was accepted into the CCSD/UNLV Principal Preparation Program cohort and received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
- BS, in Business Administration, Robert Morris College
- MS, in Management, Argosy University
Linda Patefield, MSM is currently teaching the online ALDR 505 class. Linda began teaching online for Sierra Nevada College in the summer of 2011. She has over twenty years experience in Human Resources and currently works as a Human Resource Director at a college in Indiana. Linda received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris University; and a Masters of Science in Management from Argosy University.
- MA. in Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Robert began his career in education as a classroom teacher over 16 years ago with the Clark County School District. He has been a teacher leader within the District’s training and assessment departments and expanded his teaching working with adults as an adjunct faculty member at the university level for several years, loving every minute. For the past 10 years he has beenan assistant principal and principal in Clark County.
As a current elementary school principal, he savors the time he has with children and the opportunities to work with talented educators. He has also have been supporting SNC Administrative Interns as their SNC Administrative Internship Supervisor,which provides him with additional opportunities to fulfill his passion to coach and mentor other educators as future administrators.
- BA, Communication Disorders, SUNY New Paltz, New York
- MS, Special Education and Elementary Education, Hofstra University, New York
- MS, School Administration and Supervision, The College of New Rochelle, New York
Stephanie Staub has 15 years of experience in education as a public special education teacher . She began her teaching experience in New York City Public Schools and continued teaching middle school Special Education in Freeport New York. Stephanie is currently teaching high school with the Clark County School District. In addition, to teaching, Stephanie is also an instructional coach for the RTI committee at her high school.
- B.A. Southern Methodist University
- M.Ed. Special Education University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- M. Ed. Educational Leadership University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Brook Stratton has 16 years experience in education as an elementary and middle school special education teacher as well as a professional development coach in special education. She is currently working as an administrator in special education for public schools. She has been an adjunct instructor at SNC since 2010.
- B.S., Music Education, Elon University
- M.S., Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University
John Sullivan has been in the field of education for more than 30 years serving as a private instructor, public school teacher, mentor for new teachers and new administrators, school site administrator, and part-time professor. He joined the adjunct teaching staff at Sierra Nevada College in 2014, bringing with him a wealth of experience as an educational leader. John recently retired from the Clark County School District after having served eighteen years as a school administrator in various capacities at the secondary level.
- MA, Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- BA, Political Economy of Industrial Societies, University of California, Berkeley
Jonathon Synold began teaching fourth grade through Teach for America in 2004. Since that time he has had the opportunity to work in many capacities in education throughout Southern Nevada, including as a new teacher mentor, magnet coordinator, middle school dean, charter school principal and now as the assistant principal at Advanced Technologies Academy high school. Jonathon has a passion for improving instructional and leadership practices.
Dr. Varner has extensive pedagogical experience, technical expertise, and a strong commitment and desire to serve the SNC community (including both traditional students and the online learning community). Dr. Varner has taught both face-to-face courses and online courses at the graduate and undergraduate level for over seven years. Dr. Varner also has extensive experience in the development of coursework, focusing on active-learning and critical thinking.
- BS in Education, Central Michigan University
- MAT in Administration, Sierra Nevada College
Patti Wamsley serves as a Performance Zone Instructional Coach, Project Facilitator for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has attended the University of California Los Angeles, University of California Riverside, Western Michigan University, and Central Michigan University graduate schools, where she studied brain research for language acquisition and literacy development.
BA, Political Science, University of Washington
MA, Education, Chapman University
EdD, Educational Psychology, University of Southern California
Dr. Weintraub has over a decade of experience in education as a second grade, fifth grade, and special education teacher. He has taught students with emotional disturbance, Down syndrome, intellectual disability, and autism. He currently works for the Clark County School District as a resource teacher, in addition to teaching at both the University of Phoenix and National University. Dr. Weintraub has taught a wide range of courses, including Introduction to Teaching, History & Social Science, Curriculum and Instruction II: Mathematics and Science, Fluency in Reading, Arts Health, PE, and Development and Learning.
- BA, Art, Humanities, and English, Washington College
- MAT, Sierra Nevada College
Toby moved to Reno, Nevada after coaching softball and field hockey at Randolph-Macon College in 2003. She completed her Teacher’s Certification at Sierra Nevada College in 2004 with a focus on secondary art and English. She began teaching at Rainshadow Community Charter High School in Reno, Nevada during her student teaching internship and has remained. Toby continued her education at University of Nevada, Reno, adding a Special Education Endorsement to her Teacher’s License. She is currently the Dean of Academics and Special Education Case Manager at Rainshadow Community Charter High School. Toby joined the Sierra Nevada College faculty as an adjunct in the Teachers Education Program in the summer of 2011.
- MEd, Trinity Washington University
Ms. Williams has spent the majority of her career working in the Maryland. Hre experience includes teaching abroad, classroom and school administration with an emphasis in Special Education, and education policy. She is currently an educator with the Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV.
- B.S., Elementary Education State University of New York
- M.Ed., Educational Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
I began teaching in Clark County in 1995 at Roy Martin Middle School and continued my teaching career at Molasky MS and Leavitt MS. I became the assistant principal at Indian Springs K-12 school in 2005 and then Lied MS in 2007. I have proudly served as the principal of Leavitt MS for the last 5 years. I look forward to working with you through Sierra Nevada.
- BS, in Education, Miami University
Susan began her career in education as a classroom teacher and has been in field for over 10 years. Prior to joining Sierra Nevada College, Susan was the Administrative Assistant at a private preschool in Las Vegas.
- B.S., Psychology, Roosevelt University of Chicago, Illinois
- M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Roosevelt University of Chicago, Illinois
I work as a Research Support Consultant for the AEODO/MBA residency program within the College of Dental Medicine at Roseman University of Health Sciences in Henderson, NV. I am pursuing my PhD in Learning & Technology at UNLV. My research interests include: collaborative argumentation, social media, online learning, and science education. For my dissertation I will be exploring the impact social media has on collaborative argumentation in an online classroom setting.