As reported by the Nellis Air Force Base newspaper, the Troops to Teachers program is continuing to place former airmen in CCSD classrooms. Troops to Teachers Nevada representative Tom Dorsey said during the past couple years, he has helped more than 200 former military members find teaching jobs in CCSD.
City National Bank is accepting applications for grants to support literacy and financially-based literacy projects at schools in five states including Nevada. According to CNN Money, “Administered through City National's award-winning Reading is The way up literacy program, this year's program will again award up to $100,000 in both literacy and financial literacy grants.” For more information, visit www.readingisthewayup.org.
The Nevada Association of School Administrators honored Treem Elementary School Principal Lee Esplin (pictured) as 2014 Principal of the Year for his leadership in education. In an Oct. 2 article, the Las Vegas Sun highlights Esplin and his accomplishments. The View newspaper said, “Esplin is set to be recognized in November at the association’s fall conference, along with principal Scarlett Perryman of Garside Junior High School and former principal David Wilson of Chaparral High School, who also received the award.” For details, visit nvadministrator.org.
Northwest Career and Technical Academy teacher Brenda Hitchins recently returned from Indiana where she was the keynote speaker at the Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce Inspiring Women Luncheon. Hitchins heads up NWCTA’s culinary program and is widely recognized as being one of the top pastry chefs in Nevada. For more information, call Assistant Principal Chris Whitney at (702) 799-4640, ext. 4204.
Sun Li is one of four Chinese teachers in the Clark County School District participating in an exchange program run by Han Ban, a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. Li teaches at Spring Valley High School. Click here to learn more about this outstanding educator.
Sedway Middle School teacher Grace Lazarin has nothing but praise for the Teacher Exchange, which helps teachers obtain needed school supplies at heavily discounted prices. Lazarin told the View newspaper, “This is just wonderful because it is so economically feasible to come here and get supplies for my classroom at a fraction of the cost of other places.” The newspaper said, “The Teacher Exchange program, 4350 S. Maryland Parkway, is an initiative implemented by the Public Education Foundation that allows teachers to obtain classroom supplies at point value in exchange for a $20 donation that has the purchasing power of up to $750 worth of school supplies.”
Sewell Elementary School teacher Brenda Moynihan was all smiles on Sept. 10, 2014 when she was officially named one of 15 finalists in the Dream Big Award sponsored by Farmers Insurance. In December, the Dream Big Challenge will present $100,000 to each of the five teachers selected from the 15 finalists. Moynihan teaches third grade at Sewell and is now in her fourth year at the school.
You might say Michael Kimm is a rock star – literally. The theatre teacher at Cimarron-Memorial High School has been climbing rocks for nearly 20 years. Not only is it a challenging and rewarding sport, but the Michigan native says it helps him on the job as well. An eight-year veteran of the Clark County School District (CCSD), Kimm worked at Legacy High School and Peterson Behavior School prior to joining Cimarron-Memorial three years ago. Outside of his work as an educator, Kimm can boast many professional credits both in New York City and around the country. He has been a professional actor, director, musician, designer, technician, stuntman and choreographer. A recent “Newsmakers” article provides more information about this unique CCSD educator.
After serving as a teacher and administrator at Green Valley High School for 23 years, Jeff Horn has left the school to become an assistant chief student achievement officer for Performance Zone 10. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “His new role is to supervise the schools that feed into Green Valley and Silverado high schools, which includes 12 elementary schools and three middle schools.” Kent Roberts, who was principal of Boulder City High School, replaces Horn at the helm of GVHS.
In January, UNLV will roll out a new master’s program for educators, focused on the evolving needs of school principals. According to the Las Vegas Sun, “Principals today need to know how to educate teachers on new teaching techniques to engage students, engage the community for resources and work with social service organizations helping students.” The new program was designed with help from CCSD and Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky.