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Karen is the Education Coordinator at KNPB. She earned her degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and began her career teaching elementary music. After several years in this position, she returned to school and received her master’s degree in Elementary Administration. Upon getting married, she moved to Reno where she continued to teach elementary music and later moved into the classroom as a general elementary teacher. After a successful 30 year teaching career, she retired and began a second career at KNPB. Utilizing PBS resources, she develops lesson plans and educational toolkits for the Ready To Learn and LearningMedia programs. She works closely with the facilitators and teachers in the northern Nevada area, to provide engaging and meaningful learning experiences for children.
Joy is the Education Assistant at KNPB. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Studies. A highly qualified teacher, she has experience working in California State Preschool, Early Head Start, Head Start, and privately funded programs. She has served in a variety of positions including classroom teacher, site supervisor, and assistant director. Currently, she is a Ready to Learn facilitator for KNPB, and she develops curriculum for workshops.
Nancy is a 34 year veteran teacher of public schools in Nevada. She received her degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and began her career in Melbourne, Australia where she taught 4th grade and 2nd grade. Upon moving back to the United States, she taught one year in Jackpot, Nevada and then moved to Reno where she taught 1st grade and mostly 3rd grade until retiring in 2010. She was on committees to adopt new reading and math programs and facilitated teacher classes integrating math and reading. Currently, she is a substitute teacher in local schools and facilitates Ready To Learn workshops for KNPB.
Dina grew up in Redding, California and graduated from Shasta High School and completed a Medical Assistant degree from Shasta College. She worked for five years as an M.A. and Health Educator before moving to Reno and earning a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. Dina worked for a few years in the Washoe County school system before becoming a full-time mom. It wasn’t long before she was back to teaching as a volunteer for the Meet the Master’s program at Roy Gomm Elementary. Dina also became involved with the Terry Lee Well’s Discovery Museum during its inception, researching and developing member/donor policies and benefits. Currently, she is a Ready To Learn facilitator at KNPB.
Judy retired from teaching kindergarten through fourth grade and a gifted class in Washoe County School District in 2014. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Elementary Education from Central Michigan University. Integrating the arts into the curriculum was the focus of her master’s degree from Lesley University. She moved to Reno after college from the land of tulips and wooden shoes, Holland, Michigan, in order to ski and hike at sunny Lake Tahoe. When her boys were young she ran a home-based business that offered small group tutoring and art camps for preschool and elementary children. Delivering educational workshops to teachers and students in northern Nevada as a Ready To Learn facilitator for KNPB is so enjoyable it doesn’t even feel like work!
Stephanie is a 34 year veteran of the WCSD, retiring in 2013. She began her career at the middle school level teaching Home Economics and Reading. After six years, she made the move to 5th grade where she remained for 21 years. At that time, ten year olds and American History curriculum kept her passion alive. Her final seven years included opening a new school and making her final move to 3rd grade. She found her niche with eight year olds as well, as they proved to be enthusiastic and very much interested in learning. Stephanie’s curriculum focus was mostly in the language arts, having earned a Master’s Degree in reading. As with most dedicated teachers, she has a long list of conferences, classes, and workshops attended, most proving to be a valuable resource in keeping her interest in teaching and her skills effective and motivating. KNPB has provided a great opportunity as a facilitator for her to again work with students, but with a lot less stress!
Melinda is from the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Cal State East Bay (formerly CSU Hayward). She taught for 25 years in the Douglas County School District, retiring in 2008. Her career included teaching kindergarten, 3rd grade, and what became to be her favorite level, 2nd grade. The age group and curriculum of 2nd grade, especially science, was a perfect match to her skills and interests. After retiring eight years ago, Melinda has worked as a substitute in K-6, both on a daily basis and as a long term sub. She enjoys bringing music to the classroom for fun and to enhance learning and continues to do so with the Ready To Learn presentations. One of her favorite aspects of being a KNPB facilitator is being able to keep in touch with students in classrooms in a less stressful environment. It reminds her of teaching as it was meant to be.
Leta got her start teaching kindergarten at Brookfield School in Reno, and she then moved to first grade at Sierra Vista and on to Kate Smith Elementary. She found first grade to be a magical experience, watching children grow and change dramatically into readers, writers, and mathematicians in nine short months. Leta completed Washoe County’s Master’s Equivalency program in 1992, and then moved to Marvin Moss Elementary where she spent nine years teaching grades one through three. She had the unique opportunity to team teach second grade with her daughter at Sun Valley Elementary. During her years at Sun Valley, she was called upon first to work as math facilitator and then as an Instructional Coach. Before retiring, Leta was able to team teach with her second daughter in first grade. KNPB has afforded Leta the chance to continue her love affair with teaching and learning.
Shari is a native of Nevada. She grew up in Tonopah before moving to Minden in second grade. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada with a dual degree in both Elementary and Special Education. She returned to Minden after graduating from UNR and spent her entire teaching career in the Douglas County School District where she taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. During those years in Douglas, she had the rare opportunity of teaching at the same elementary school that she attended as a child, Gardnerville Elementary. She also helped to open Douglas County's first year-round school, Scarselli Elementary and then Minden Elementary School a few years later. She enjoyed every minute of teaching but her favorite part was sharing her love of children's literature with her students! She retired in the summer of 2016 after 30 years of teaching. She is excited for her new role as a facilitator with the KNPB Ready To Learn program because it will allow her to continue to work with children and be involved in the learning experience.