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, Early Childhood Education, University of Nevada, Reno
- MA, Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Reno
- PhD, 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.
- PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Dottie Kulesza is a former Clark County School District administrator. All of her degrees are 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 TED, both face-to-face and online. Dr. Kulesza joined SNC as a full-time staff member in 2013.
- BA, University of Nevada, Reno
- M.Ed., University of Nevada, Reno
Christine has over forty years of teaching experience at the middle school and high school levels. She has taught in the areas of earth science, biological science, environmental science, and physical science. Christine has also provided staff development in the sciences for the Carson City School District. She has experience in teaching teachers through the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education at the University of Nevada Reno through NERDS (Nevada Educators Really Doing Science). The NERDS program gave practicing teachers field experiences for almost twenty years, taking teachers into the field for hands on learning in science.
- PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies
- 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.
RCA Advisor, Professional Project Director
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- B.S., Psychology, Roosevelt University of Chicago, Illinois
- M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Roosevelt University of Chicago, Illinois
- Ph.D. Candidate, Learning & Technology, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Marissa Owens’s research interests include: collaborative argumentation, social media, online learning, and science education. Her dissertation explores the impact social media has on collaborative argumentation in an online classroom setting. She has taught online courses both at the undergraduate and graduate level in Educational Psychology, Educational Assessment, and 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.
- 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.
- MBA, California State University, San Bernardino
- MEd, Sierra Nevada College, Henderson
- BSCE, California Polytechnic University, Pomona
Prior to joining the faculty at Sierra Nevada College, Mr. Van Stone worked as a Civil Engineer for 22 years in California and Nevada. During his professional years, he worked as a project manager overseeing multi-million dollar projects and progressed to Senior Vice President and Branch Manager. Mr. Van Stone is currently a math teacher in the Clark County School District and holds an administrative endorsement. He finds teaching to be quite enjoyable.
Mr. Van Stone spends his free time with his wife of 25 years and four college-aged boys. Hobbies include reading, camping, and coaching baseball.
- 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.
- MA in Education, University of Phoenix, Phoenix AZ