KNPB Education Services Facilitators

Washoe County

Joy

Joy Foremaster

Joy is the Education Services Coordinator at PBS Reno. She develops the curriculum for our PBS Reno Ready To Learn workshops and is our lead facilitator. She is a highly-qualified teacher, with experience working in California State Preschool, Early Head Start, Head Start and privately funded programs.

She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Studies.

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Connie Andrews

Connie is a 30-year veteran of the Washoe County School District, having taught special education, 1st grade and 2nd grade. She loves teaching the langauge arts and witnessing the development of reading and writing. She even wrote Social Studies curriculum to go along with the PBS Reno show, "Wild Nevada!"

She earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Debbie Zunini

Debbie is a native Nevadan, who taught for 30 years in the Washoe County School District, with 27 of those years teaching 1st grade. She loved watching the excitement of first graders as they opened the magic door to literacy!

She earned her bachelor's degree in Education and her master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. GO PACK!

Dina

Dina Fiore

Before moving to Reno, Dina worked for five years as an M.A. and Health Educator. She taught a few years in the Washoe County School District. She also taught as a volunteer for the Meet the Master's program at Roy Gomm Elementary and was involved with the Terry Lee Well's Discovery Museum during its inception.

She earned a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Joanne Perkins

Joanna is a northern Nevada native who spent 20 years in the Washoe County School District, teaching 1st, 4th and 5th grades. She is an advocate for lifelong learning and early childhood literacy, and her curriculum was focused on literature and math.

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Jody Whistler

Jody taught special education and first grade, but her passion was teaching kindergarten. She found it rewarding to see the amazing growth children make during kindergarten. She loves teaching and creating lessons that connect with literature.

She earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Judy

Judy Harrison

Judy is a retired school teacher who taught kindergarten through 4th grade, and in the Gifted and Talented Program in the Washoe County School District, and emphasized integrating arts into the curriculum. She says presenting educational PBS Reno Ready To Learn workshops is so much fun, it doesn't feel like work!

She received her bachelor's degree in Child Development and Elementary Education from Central Michigan University and her master's degree from Lesley University.

Leta

Leta Rabenstine

Leta got her start teaching kindergarten at Brookfield School in Reno. She has taught 1st through 3rd grade, and loves watching the dramatic transformation of first graders. She even had the unique opportunity to team teach with her two daughters! Being a PBS Reno Ready To Learn facilitator has afforded Leta the chance to continue her love affair with teaching and learning.

She received her bachelor's degree in Home Economics from the University of Nevada, Reno and completed the Washoe County School District Master's Equivalency program.

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Pam Scherer

Pam taught in the Washoe County School District for 14 years, in addition to teaching in Daly City, California. She has taught kindergarten through 3rd grade, was a Success for All teacher/tutor, and taught the S.H.A.R.E. program, which allowed her to travel to 14 elementary schools.

She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and Sierra Nevada College.

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Suzanne Sexton

Suzanne taught at the same school for 29 years in the Washoe County School District, teaching kindergarten and 1st grade. She is passionate about finding opportunities to integrate creative arts into the curriculum.

She earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology from California State University, Chico, her teaching credentials in Elementary Education from the University of Nevada, Reno and a master's degree in Education from Lesley University.

 

Carson City/Douglas County

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Dee Gosselin

Dee and her husband moved to Eureka, Nevada after college where they taught and began their careers in education. Dee taught 2nd and 3rd grades at Gardnerville Elementary School for 26 years, and now is a retired teacher. Dee feels the greatest part of being a teacher is reading and sharing the love of books with children.

She earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Washington University, and earned a master's degree in Literacy from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Melinda

Melinda Reynolds

Melinda taught for 25 years in the Douglas County School District, teaching kindergarten, 3rd grade and her favorite level, 2nd grade. Since retiring in 2008, she has worked as a substitute teacher in grades K-6. She enjoys teaching science and bringing music into the classroom. One of her favorite aspects of being a PBS Reno Ready To Learn facilitator is being able to keep in touch with students in the classroom.

She is from the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Cal State East Bay (formerly CSU Hayward).

Shari

Shari Chappell

Shari is a native Nevadan, who grew up in Tonopah before moving to Minden in second grade. She spent 30 years with the Douglas County School District, where she taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade, and was able to teach at the same elementary school that she attended. She is excited in her role as a facilitator with the PBS Reno Ready To Learn program because it allows her to continue to work with children and be involved in the learning experience.

She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education.

 

Elko County

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Deb Howard

Deb first moved to Elko in 1974, helping adults with cognitive disabilities and transitioned to teaching in 1984. She believes in the importance of teaching students how to be life-long learners and instilling the joy of a strong work ethic.

She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the College of Idaho and a master's degree in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Karen Green

Karen is a native Nevadan who began her teaching career in 1972, and has worked for various schools and grade levels in Elko and Washoe counties. Her quest is to inspire students to become math comfortable and confident, and in 2006, was Nevada's Presidential Award Nominee.

She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Marlene Krizic

Marlene spent 29 years as a teacher in the Elko County School District, with five years teaching special education, 18 years teaching 2nd grade and six years as an EL teacher.

She earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary/Special Education from the University of Nevada, Reno and a certification in TESOL.

 

Lyon County

Gabby Kolbus

Gabby Kolbus

Gabby was born and raised in Reno and recently moved to Gardnerville after getting married.  She has spent the last 10 years working with children in a variety of settings, including early intervention for in-home treatment of autism, Jan Evans Juvenile Detention Center, but most recently, six years as a Precision Teacher for a learning laboratory,  Gabby’s love for education and teaching stemmed from teaching kids how to ride horses.  She has followed that passion and continues to help children learn and become the best version of themselves.

She earned her degree in Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Jen Schulz

Jennifer Schulz

Jen taught 2nd grade and reading intervention in Washoe County.  She has a passion for literacy and word study.  She has been a stay at home mom to her three kids for the past 7 years.  She loves teaching Ready To Learn workshops because they are hands-on and engaging.

Jen earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and graduate degree in Literacy Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. 

For more information, contact Joy Foremaster at jforemaster@pbsreno.org