My name is Katie Allred and I have been teaching for ten years, nine of which have all been at Cahlan Elementary. My career at Cahlan began with two years in 1st grade when I was then asked to go to Kindergarten to be a lead, I spent two years in kindergarten and loved it. Soon after, I was asked to become a curriculum strategist, but I missed working closer to the kids and having my own classroom where I can make a difference in my student’s lives. Therefore, I accepted an opening in 2nd grade as a leader. I am so grateful to be working closer with students and look forward to learning new strategies that will better support my students learning and help others as well.
My name is Melinda Gomez, and I am a second-year teacher at Southside ES, in Elko County School District. I am currently teaching Kindergarten, and previously I taught preschool for 16 years at Great Basin College Child and Family Center. My heart and soul is in early childhood education. Recently, I participated in a WIDA Early Years Cohort where I had the opportunity to enhance my own knowledge about the language development of ELL’s. I plan to continue my education, and share with others what I learn to help develop in our district a culture of acceptance for all children.
My name is Samantha Marks. I moved to Las Vegas from Pennsylvania the summer after I graduated from college, as there were very few teaching opportunities on the East Coast. I have spent all four years at Cahlan Elementary teaching first grade. I hope to further my education to continue to learn and become better at my profession!
I am Alicia Moore and I graduated in 2000 with a BA in Child Development/Elementary Education. I spent the first 12 years of my career teaching in pre-K settings. In 2012, I completed my teacher certification. I worked for a year as an instructional aide for a special needs child, and soon after I was hired to teach first grade. I taught four years at that level and this year I am moving to third grade. Southside ES is a Title I school with 78% free/reduced lunch and 58% in ELL programs. I am looking forward to be part of this program.
My name is Kelly Rotzinger. I have taught eleven years at Cahlan Elementary School in North Las Vegas. I taught second grade for three years and Kindergarten for eight. Kindergarten is my passion. I love their little minds and their big hearts. I believe that if you deliver instruction in a fun and engaging way, a child’s mind is open to endless possibilities. Through this program, I hope to learn the newest strategies in teaching EL Learners and hone my skills to provide the best instruction possible to my students and share my knowledge with my colleagues.
I graduated in 2014 with an Elementary Education Degree from the University of Evansville. Upon completion, I accepted a job with Ponca City Public Schools (PCPS) teaching 4th grade. During my time at PCPS I also taught 2nd grade. In July of 2015, I accepted a job teaching 2nd grade at Charlotte and Jerry Keller Elementary. I want to use this degree to better serve my students.
My name is Tracey West and I have a BS in Business Management from Bentley University, and a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Drexel University. I have ten years of teaching experience. I believe all children have the right to obtain an education that activates their innate curiosity and cultivates their individual gifts and talents. I expect that this program will give me the tools to better assist my students in that goal.