Our Staff

Our Staff of 39 supports 356 schools, their staffs, and 320,400 students and their families.

Cheryl Davis

Cheryl Adler Davis, Director

 

In her twenty-eight years with the Clark County School District, Ms. Adler Davis has always had a passion for engaging families in the education of their children.  As a teacher, literacy coach, assistant principal, and principal, she has experienced first-hand how student success is raised by having strong home-school-community ties.  It is because of this that she is honored to be part of the Family and Community Engagement Services (FACES) Department.  In addition to her work, Ms. Adler Davis is the proud mom of her daughter, Madison, who attends college in North Carolina.  She also loves to travel, ride her bike, and learn new things!

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Patricia A. Saas, Director

 

Patricia Saas has spent the majority of her career in education working with families and students attending schools which were highly impacted by poverty. Throughout her teaching and administrative experiences in Texas, Colorado, California and Nevada, Ms. Saas has been privileged to advocate for the inclusion of families in the educational experiences of their children.  She continues to promote the development of strong relationships within the school community in order to promote student success. As a result of her experiences, she is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Family and Community Engagement Services (FACES) Department on behalf of the families and students in Clark County. Ms. Saas is the proud mother of three grown sons and one very smart grandson!

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Eva Melendrez, Coordinator

 

Eva Melendrez has a long history of community involvement and advocacy. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelors Degree in both Communication and Political Science. Eva followed her passion for law by attending Western New England University of Law.  There, she received her Juris Doctorate, which has allowed her to become a better advocate for children and families. In April of 2006, Eva accepted a position in the Clark County School District, the fifth largest school district in the country.  As the first Districtwide Parent Services Coordinator for Clark County School District, her focus was to increase parent engagement and academic achievement for all students. The Office of Parent Services was combined with FACES in 2015 and expanded to better serve and expand services across the District. Each effort is focused on engaging parents by providing access to resources and educational opportunities, supporting schools by providing effective strategies on how to engage and welcome families through family school partnerships.  At the core is the belief that all families can contribute to the academic success of their children. Ms. Melendrez is a member of the Latin Chamber of Commerce’s, Committee of Education.  Eva is a proud mother of two a daughter and a son. They enjoy reading together, cooking, traveling and playing with their dog King Marley.

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Debbie Palacios, Coordinator

 

Debbie is originally from Miami Beach, FL, the oldest of three daughters of Peruvian immigrants.  She graduated as class valedictorian from Miami Beach Senior High School in 2001, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology & Cultural Theory from Duke University in 2005, and her Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2007.  Through Teach for America, Debbie began her career in the Clark County School District in 2005 as a 3rd grade teacher.  Since then she has taught 1st grade, as well as held positions as an English Language Learner Specialist, After-School Program Leader, Adjunct Professor at Sierra Nevada College, Title I Learning Strategist, and Title I Family Center Project Facilitator, prior to becoming a Coordinator with FACES in 2015.  In her professional life, she has a passion for data tracking, grant writing, research and literature, and technology – all aimed at advocating for children and empowering and supporting families.  Debbie is married to her best friend, Carl, a gifted and accomplished art teacher with CCSD.  They have two amazing children, Oliver & Charlotte, and two goofy dogs, Manny & Moose.

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Dr. Nancy Alamo, Coordinator

 

Dr. Nancy Alamo is a native Nevadan and product of the Clark County School District. Daughter of Cuban immigrants, the value of education was instilled, since childhood, in both her and her brother.  Dr. Alamo is biliterate and has utilized her bilingual skills throughout her career in education. She has over 25 years’ experience in education in California and Nevada. She began her career in CCSD as a bilingual school psychologist and has a background in both general and special education. She has worked in various administrative positions throughout her career in the Special Student Services Division, Human Resources, and is currently a Coordinator for the ELL Division and FACES Department.  Dr. Alamo has vast experience in community advocacy and holds various board positions for community organizations such as: President of Hispanic Educators Association of Nevada, Vice President of CPLC-NV, Goodwill of Southern Nevada, PACT, and is an advisory council member for the School of Education at her alma mater, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, CA.  Dr. Alamo attended LMU where she earned her B.A. degree in Psychology with a minor in Alcohol/Drug Studies, and two M.A. degrees in Counseling and Educational Psychology with an emphasis in second language acquisition.  She later went on to earn her doctorate in Educational Leadership with a minor in bilingual education from Nova Southeastern University.  Dr. Alamo enjoys the privilege of combining her two passions: education and serving the Hispanic community.  In addition, she is an avid supporter of various animal rescue groups and enjoys reading, traveling, and watching movies.

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Angela Black, Secretary

 

Angela Black has worked for the Clark County School District since 2004, starting as a FASA, and then holding positions as an Elementary School Clerk and Translator.  Mrs. Black has always had the desire to work with the underprivileged families as well as the non-English-speaking community.  Coming from a Spanish-speaking family, she knows the importance for parents to be able to understand how to engage and get involved at our schools.  Working with Family and Community Engagement Services (FACES) Department has given her the opportunity to fulfill her goal of helping our community.  She is married to a wonderful man and they have three children who they are very proud of, and one grandson who they adore.

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Estela Daley, Secretary

 

Estela comes to Family and Community Engagement Services (FACES) as Secretary III. She was born in Mexico City and raised in Toluca City in Mexico State. It was there where she learned English and obtained a certificate as a Bilingual Secretary. She acquired experience and skills while working for a Construction Company, Chrysler Co., and several years at the Mexico State Police Department.  She has been living in Las Vegas since 1997. Began working for the Clark County School District in 1999, utilizing her experience in the clerical field, Estela collaborated with schools and departments throughout the District.  Before coming to FACES, she held a position at Title I HOPE (Homeless Outreach Program for Education); a program geared to assist homeless students. She learned about the hardships our students and community encounter day after day, helping her to understand the severity of what children and their families go through.  As a true people’s person, she is always ready and willing to assist with whatever she can. She enjoys working for Clark County School District and while not at work, she focuses her life on her only teenage son, her friends, cats, and crafts.

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Lili Reyes, Bilingual Translator/Interpreter

 

Bio coming soon!

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Rudy Avalos, Bilingual Translator/Interpreter

 

After nearly two years of entering numbers into computers at Data Control, Rudy Avalos decided to join the FACES team and utilize his bilingual skills to advance the District’s objective of collaboration with all members of the community. A native of El Paso, Texas, a border city between the United States and Mexico, Rudy grew to enjoy the complexities of language. Now his world in FACES consists of using his language proficiencies to facilitate communication between the District and ESL families. In his spare time, Rudy likes to take siestas, eat out, and play pranks on his friends and relatives. He also forces himself to ride his bicycle for exercise.

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Denise Georgi, Special Assignment Project Facilitator

 

Denise Georgi has been an educator for 19 years and is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Her parents immigrated to the United States from Cuba.  Georgi remembers her parents struggling to navigate the school system and learn the English language in order to best support their children.  Witnessing her parent’s struggle as well as determination is what inspired Georgi to work with families.  Georgi is a firm believer that building relationships and establishing meaningful partnerships will have a positive impact on student achievement and family success.  Additionally, Georgi is a mother of four wonderful boys and two gorgeous granddaughters.  In her spare time, Georgi enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Ekuwah Moses, Special Assignment Project Facilitator

 

Ekuwah Moses has a passion for reaching and teaching children, adults, and educators. She brings a wealth of diverse life and professional experiences to the families and community each day.  Previously, she served as a Performance Zone Instructional Coach, Literacy Specialist, Learning Strategist, and elementary classroom teacher in the Clark County School District. Moses is a published author and has presented to educators internationally. During her free time, she loves to read, write, and collaborate with the global education community. Moses is happily married and the mother of two young children.  Her family enjoys traveling and volunteering.

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Beth Danielson, Project Facilitator

(FEC at Fredric Watson ES & 

FEC at Manuel J. Cortez ES)

 

Mrs. Beth Danielson graduated from Chadron State College in Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and an Early Childhood Endorsement. Her Reading Specialization Master’s Degree was received through National University in California.  Mrs. Danielson has been teaching for over 20 years.  She began her career teaching on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada.  She has taught preschool through second grade.   In 2006, Mrs. Danielson became a project facilitator in a Title I Family Center.  She enjoys helping families and bridging the relationships between home, school, and community. Family Engagement has grown and expanded in CCSD and being part of the development has been very rewarding.  Mrs. Danielson is happily married and has two daughters and twin sons. During her spare time, she loves to take part in her children’s sporting events and extra-curricular activities.

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JoAnna Grant, Project Facilitator

(FEC at Roundy ES &

FEC at Pat A. Diskin ES)

 

Bio coming soon!

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Jennifer Kennedy, Project Facilitator

(FEC at Ruthe Deskin ES &

Prime 6 FEC at Wendell P. Williams ES)

 

Jennifer S. Kennedy graduated from Brigham Young University of Hawaii in 1997 which is located in the small North Shore town of Laie (Lah-EE-Ay) where she grew up with her 12 brothers and sisters.   After her first successful year of teaching in Las Vegas, Jennifer found love and married her sweetheart.  She taught 3rd grade for 6 years and then took a leave of absence to open an In-home Childcare and raise her own children.  Family has always been and still is her top priority.  She knows that a mother and father’s most important role is to raise and teach their children to become law-abiding and contributing citizens and when in doubt find those who can help them along their way.  The Family Engagement Centers have allowed her to do just that.  For the past 10 years she has loved helping families find the right resources that will benefit their family.  She believes that the community has much to offer families and it is up to families to take advantage of those opportunities and help each other out.   She has also been a lifelong student herself acquiring advanced degrees in Technology in 2000 and most recently Early Childhood Education in 2015.  Her own family is her most prized possession and knows that families feel the same way about theirs; this is why she loves helping families.

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Karen Luallen, Project Facilitator

(FEC at Hollingsworth ES,
FEC at J.M. Ullom ES, FEC at C.T. Sewell ES, & FEC at Thomas ES)

 

During her 21 years in education, Karen L. Luallen has always enjoyed new challenges.  She has been a classroom teacher, an interventionist, an instructional coach, a learning strategist, and is now thrilled to be the Project Facilitator for the Family Engagement Center located at Robert Taylor Elementary.  This position gives Mrs. Luallen the chance to pursue her passion of working closely with families and their children.  As the proud wife of a retired military man, Mrs. Luallen is overjoyed to be able to call Las Vegas their permanent home now.  She and her husband have three remarkable teenage children with whom they enjoy traveling and experiencing everything life has to offer.

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Marisol Mihaere, Project Facilitator

(FEC at Rex Bell ES &

FEC at Myrtle Tate ES)

 

Marisol Mihaere is originally from Phoenix, AZ and moved to Las Vegas from Hawaii 18 years ago.  She taught 1st grade and Kindergarten for six years.  The past 12 years have been working in Family Engagement Centers.  She enjoys reading, baking, traveling and most of all spending time with her family.  She has been married for 17 years to her best friend and they have 4 children that keep them busy.

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Letty Llanos, Teacher/Family Assistant

(FEC at Rex Bell ES)

 

Leticia “Letty” Llanos enjoys taking long walks and appreciating the beauty of nature. She would like to travel when she retires. She loves coffee and baseball and has 3 kids and 4 pets. Letty has been working with family centers for 9 years, and she loves what she does. She grew up in a family that believes that family involvement in school is essential for the success of our children. Due to this, she recognizes the needs of the parents that visit the family centers and feels very honored to be able to help them. She loves when she gets to see parents outside of school and they reward her with a smile or a hello. As a mother, Letty encourages parents to remain involved in their children’s lives and be aware of what happens in their schools. She is very proud that she has helped so many families and she continues to do it for the well being of all our children.

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Kimberly Elias, Teacher/Family Assistant

(FEC at Fredric Watson ES)

 

During Kimberly’s fourth year of working with victims of domestic violence and their children, her heart was filled with the desire to continue working with families and children but in a different environment. She has been with CCSD almost four years and now being a part of FACES gives her the opportunity to work with children and families in a positive environment and she loves it!! She also enjoys family time, traveling and delicious food.

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DeNeasha Vega, Teacher/Family Assistant

(FEC at Ruthe Deskin ES)

 

Bio coming soon!

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Silvia Guerrero, Teacher/Family Assistant

(FEC at Myrtle Tate ES)

 

Silvia Guerrero was born in Monterrey Park, California, and raised in Huntington Park, California. She is the oldest of four siblings. Silvia graduated in 1994 from Huntington Park High School.  She took cake decorating classes in a recreation center for 9 months. Silvia went on to Cosmetology Academy and graduated in November 1995, the same year she got married.  Silvia has four children; two were born in California and two in Las Vegas, Nevada. She moved her family to Las Vegas for a better future in 2001.  Silvia started working for CCSD in August 2001. She spent two years in the cafeteria, one year as a school aide, and then was asked to work for the Parent Center in 2004.

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Rosie Villanueva, Teacher/Family Assistant

(FEC at Howard Hollingsworth ES)

 

Born in Mexico, with more than 30 years of experience in the field of education, including her years in Mexico as an elementary school teacher, Ms. Villanueva has been with CCSD for 15 years.  She has several passions in her life but the most important ones are: her family and her work. Rosie enjoys helping children and adults to learn everything that may be of benefit to them. She is extremely positive, responsible, and friendly.  Rosie always has a smile for others.  She has a very simple life philosophy and she believes that if you “smile at life, life will smile back.”

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Jessica Hernandez,

Teacher/Family Assistant

(FEC at Dr. C. Owen Roundy ES)

 

Bio coming soon!

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Anaisa Aguado-Diaz, Teacher/Family Assistant

(FEC at J.M. Ullom ES)

 

Anaisa Aguado-Diaz is the Title I Teacher/Family Assistant of the Family Engagement Center located at Myrtle Tate Elementary School. She is originally from Cuba.  Since she was in high school, she has always known that she wanted to be a teacher, working with children is a rewarding job that she loves and enjoys. She graduated in 1991, from Felix Varela Pedagogical Institute in Cuba, earning her Bachelor’s degree of Arts.  She taught for 12 years prior to coming to the U.S. in 2003.  She began working for CCSD in 2005 as a Teacher’s Assistant in a Kindergarten classroom. Then in 2008, she became part of the Title I Family Centers, now part of FACES.  Her passion is to read and engage her students in different activities, although she also loves to assist and engage with parents and families. She is so proud to be part of the FACES team! In August 2015, she earned her Master’s in Early Childhood Education, ans she knows her experience with FACES will prepare her for her future teaching career.  In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, camping, hiking, and traveling.

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Alicia Muñoz, Teacher/Family Assistant

(FEC at Manuel J. Cortez ES)

 

Ms. Muñoz was born in E. Los Angeles, California and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She is the youngest of 5 and graduated from Van Nuys High School.  After she got married, she started working for LAUSD thanks to her dad for recommending her to the principal where he was working as a night custodian.  She worked for 11 years as a Bilingual Assistant at the same school. In 1994, she moved out here to Las Vegas with her husband and son. She started working for CCSD shortly after her move here and was blessed with her daughter as well. Alicia has been living in Las Vegas for 20 years and working for CCSD for over 19 years.  She is very proud to be part of the FACES TEAM!

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Mildred Kolmas, Teacher/Family Assistant

(FEC at Pat A. Diskin ES)

 

Mildred, or Milly, is originally from Colombia, where she was a teacher, and has lived in the United States for 14 years, most of those years in Las Vegas. She has been with the Clark County School District for 3 1/2 years. She is continuing her education at UNLV (currently enrolled in the Masters in Early Childhood Education program).  Milly is married with two dogs and two cats. She is so very excited to be part of this amazing team!

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Addy Gonzalez, Teacher/Family Assistant

(FEC at Ruby Thomas ES)

 

Bio coming soon!

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Lourdes Bennett, Teacher/Family Assistant

(Prime 6 FEC at Wendell P. Williams ES)

 

Bio coming soon!

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Rocio Rodriguez-Martinez, Teacher/Family Assistant

(FEC at C.T. Sewell ES)

 

Bio coming soon!

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Mayra Jaramillo,

Family/School Engagement Liaison

 

Born in Colombia, South America, Mayra Jaramillo became an American citizen in 2006.  Making this decision helped her to understand that although there are cultural traditions that make each person a unique individual, these differences influence how people interact with one another.  Part of this on-going process included earning a second Bachelor’s degree in Human Services.  By pursuing educational opportunities that encouraged her to learn more about cultures and interpersonal relationships, she has excelled in both her personal and professional career pursuits.  Presented with numerous experiences to share her language, background, beliefs, and the desire and ability to listen to others voices in order to understand and share ideas continues to be rewarding and inspiring.  During her eleven years working for the Clark County School District her interactions with parents, students, and staff members continues to encourage her to reach out and provide on-going support and guidance in her current role in the FACES department.   She is always willing to pursue any avenue that will provide her with the privilege and opportunity to work with people who will help her as an individual and who she can also help to alleviate fears and doubts in order to meet any challenge they may face with confidence and success.

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Jocelyn Chino,

Family/School Engagement Liaison

 

Jocelyn Chino grew up attending schools within the Clark County School District. Back in the day they used to say, “Be Cool, Stay in School,” – so she did, and has been working with CCSD since 1999. During her time with CCSD, Ms. Chino has served as a First Aid Safety Assistant, Interpreter/Translator, and School/Community Liaison. As a Family/School Engagement Liaison, she continues to promote parent engagement in education, forming alliances between parents and schools. Ms. Chino fully enjoys living in “Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada” along with her wonderful husband and close-knit family.

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LaShawna Matthews, 

Family/School Engagement Liaison

 

LaShawna Matthews, a Las Vegas native and a CCSD graduate, has worked for the Clark County School District since 2006. LaShawna has previously worked with special education students and in a Family Engagement Center. Ms. Matthews has a passion for helping and teaching others.  Now as a Family/School Engagement Liaison she is able to do what she loves everyday. LaShawna is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In her spare time, LaShawna enjoys spending time with her 4 year old son, shopping, and traveling with family and friends.

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Edward Holly,

Family/School Engagement Liaison

 

Edward Holly is a native of Mexico and has lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for most of his life.  Edward has been a Clark County District Employee since 2012. In addition, he is responsible for working with various athletic and volunteer programs throughout the Las Vegas valley. His bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led him to working with Family and Community Engagement Services. Edward is working on receiving his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada leading to specializing in Juvenile Law and a Minor in Management and Organizational Leadership.

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Erika Washington,

Family/School Engagement Liaison

 

After graduating from University of Nevada, Reno in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Social Work, Erika moved back to Las Vegas and began her career as an Enrollment Specialist enrolling families in Medicaid and/or Nevada Check-Up for a local non-profit agency. In May 2015, Erika began her journey with the Clark County School District to further pursue her passion of working with families and the community. When Erika is not working she enjoys getting her nails done, shopping, spending time with her family, traveling in and out of the country, and reading.

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Esperanza Salas, 

Family/School Engagement Liaison

 

Esperanza Salas has been with CCSD since 2003. She is originally from Arizona and has lived in Idaho and Utah.  She and her husband have 3 sons and 5 grandchildren and enjoy spending time with them. Esperanza enjoys working with CCSD students and their families. She loves that rewarding feeling at the end of the day when she has assisted families with their questions and concerns. She can relate to these families as she remembers raising her own sons back in Idaho. She remembers the feelings of being overwhelmed and appreciating when a teacher would say, “How can I help you?” or “You’re doing a great job”.  Before becoming a FACES team member , she was a Teacher/ Family Assistant in an Early Childhood Pre-K classroom. She has had wonderful experiences working side by side with dedicated teachers and caring families. When she can, she and her family enjoy going on camping and fishing trips.  In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym and especially likes the Zumba classes.

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Wendy Webster,

Family/School Engagement Liaison

 

Wendy Webster is a native of Las Vegas and a product of our public schools. Both of her parents graduated from Las Vegas High School, and so did Wendy and many of her own children as well. That makes them a third generation Wildcat family. After graduating from BYU she returned to Las Vegas and began teaching Health Education at Dell H. Robison Jr. High School. She also became the director of the Las Vegas High School Rhythmettes Drill Team that she had been a member of when she was in high school. She would later go on to become the owner and director of her own dance studio. She left teaching in the public schools to marry and raise a large family of five step-children, one adopted daughter and eventually six children of their own. Wendy has first-hand experience of the importance of family involvement in the successful education of children. After 25 years she returned to CCSD as Support Staff and became a Title I Teacher/Family Assistant at O’Callaghan Middle School. From there she joined the FACES team as a Family/School Liaison. Wendy enjoys the challenge of this new position and the opportunity to work with talented and dedicated individuals who are all focused on improving family engagement in our schools.

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Joel Aviles,

Family/School Engagement Liaison

 

Joel Aviles, a proud native of Las Vegas, has been with the Clark County School District since 2011. He started his career with the school district in special education classrooms as a Specialized Programs Teacher Assistant and it was during that period that he developed an understanding of the important role families play in the academic success of their students and a passion for working with students with disabilities and their families. That passion prompted Joel to pursue a career in Special Education, and he graduated from the College of Southern Nevada in 2014 with an Associate of Arts degree in Special Education. He is actively pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from National University. Joel is thrilled to be a part of the FACES team and have the opportunity to service the families of the Las Vegas community, his community. In his spare time, Joel enjoys spending time with his wife. He also enjoys association football (soccer) and is an ardent supporter of the United States National Team and F.C. Internazionale.

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Lindy Glanz,

Family Outreach Specialist

 

Lindy Glanz moved to Las Vegas in 1974, she graduated from Chaparral High School and went on to graduate from UNLV with a degree in Recreation/Leisure Studies.  Having worked for CCSD for the past 25 years, Lindy has had the opportunity to work in positions that have allowed her to help students and their families with many issues.  As a single parent of two children for 14 years, Lindy knows how important parental involvement is in a child’s education.  Working as a Family Outreach Specialist with FACES allows Lindy the opportunity to help families connect with resources that are available in CCSD and in the Las Vegas Community.  If Lindy and her husband aren’t headed to the beach they are spending time spoiling their two new grandbabies.

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Kristina Ramos,

Family Outreach Specialist

 

Kristina Ramos is excited to be a Family Outreach Specialist with FACES, especially since this is her first position with the Clark County School District.  Kristina has 8 years’ experience working in local non-profits in a variety of different settings.  Growing up in Las Vegas, NV, she developed a passion to help families in our community. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family.