Cohort C Teacher Leaders

Benjamin Bensoua

“Upon graduating from UCLA, I served with City Year Los Angeles in Watts, CA. I then joined Teach For America and was selected to teach in the Las Vegas Valley. I have since taught fourth grade at Sunrise Acres Elementary School and I look forward to taking the knowledge learned from Project E3 and creating ripple effects that will be felt for generations to come.”



Diana Heyer-Hall

The acronym “ELL” has always had a very positive connotation in my heart. I was born and raised in a Spanish-speaking home ,and attended a Spanish-speaking elementary school until I was in 2nd grade. I became a teacher after feeling very empty in the corporate world of retail and have never looked back. I hope to learn how to teach my ELL students and make their life in my classroom the best time they’ve had in this crazy world.


Samantha Jeffers

My teaching experience so far is better described as a learning experience. I am working on my second year of teaching, with both years being spent in first grade while learning to better my practice every day. My hopes and expectations for the future are that I continue to learn and better myself as a teacher to meet the needs of all my diverse students as best I can.


Erika Laycox

My name is Erika Laycox and I have been an educator for 4 years. I have been teaching Kindergarten for the whole 4 years of my teaching career and have worked for the Carson City School District since the beginning. I had my TESL endorsement for 3 years, and I hope through this E3 Master’s Program I can better support the high population of ELLs in the classroom.



Jennifer Lougee

My name is Jennifer Lougee and I have been teaching Kindergarten at Robert E. Lake Elementary in Las Vegas for the past four years. I’m so excited that I am going to be starting my 5th year at my school teaching 2nd grade. Prior to teaching Kindergarten I taught PreK for 14 years, including 6 years with the Head Start program in rural West Virginia. I hold a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and I am so excited to continue my education with the E3 program to be able to better serve my EL learners.


Laura Redmon

My name is Laura Redmon and I have been an educator for 10 years.  Before teaching I worked in preschool for about 6 years and also did some substitute teaching.  I did my internship in a team-taught class where I stayed on as a long term substitute.  I have taught kindergarten for seven years, 2nd for one year, and 3rd grade for two years.