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Sierra Nevada College Hosts Presentation on Recent Developments in Autism Research, August 22, 2013


On Thursday, Aug. 22, Sierra Nevada College, in conjunction with UC Davis, will host Dr. Sally Rogers, from UC Davis MIND Institute, as she presents the latest research on the effects of intervention on young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Educators, specialists, and anyone affected by the prevalence of ASD in young children are likely to find this presentation of interest. This event is open to the public with a $5 suggested donation.

Time:  August 22, 2013 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Location:  Rm 139, Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, Sierra Nevada College
Cost:  $5 Suggested Donation

Looking for a Job? Lyon County School District is Hiring

Lyon County School District, located approximately an hour east of Reno, Carson & Lake Tahoe, is currently looking for quality candidates to fill any remaining job vacancies.  The district has approximately 8,200 students, offers competitive salaries, and has quality principals interested and willing to help our new teachers grow and develop their skills. You can apply here.

Teacher Education Award-Winners at Sierra Nevada College’s Awards Ceremony 2013

Teacher Education students receiving their awards at SNC's annual Awards Ceremony.

Teacher Education students receiving their awards at SNC’s annual Awards Ceremony.

Each of the following students in the Department of Teacher Education received an award in recognition of their outstanding work at Sierra Nevada College’s annual Awards Ceremony at the Incline campus last Friday. Congratulations to all of you for your excellent work! (For further pictures, take a look at SNC’s Flicker gallery of the event).

Outstanding Student Teachers:

  • Lisa Mezzetti (Incline/Reno): Elementary Education
  • Orlando Santos (Las Vegas): Elementary Education
  • Meghan Daseler (Incline/Reno): Secondary Education
  • Kaaveh Akbari (Las Vegas): Secondary Education

Outstanding Professional Project:

  • Brenda Gants (Incline/Reno): Curiosity Kits: Creating and Utilizing High-Interest Thematic Research Kits to inform Second Grade Expository Writing
  • Ivygail Abbella (Las Vegas): Teaching Place Value in the First Grade: A Resource Guide

Outstanding Thesis:

  • Michelle Lesseig (Incline/Reno): Digital Literacy Teaching Strategies
  • Jennifer Marchant (Las Vegas): Understanding Young Spanish Learners’ Affective and Academic Classroom Experience

Outstanding M.Ed. Action Plan

  • Janeen Kelly (Las Vegas): Author 2 Author

The Department of Teacher Education Welcomes New Students at Orientation

Beth and Keli’s roadmap of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program for the new MAT students.

Last Tuesday, May 7th, the Department of Teacher Education at Sierra Nevada College was pleased to host its New Student Orientation in order to welcome its new incoming Master of Arts in Teaching students. Many thanks to all the presenters and attendees present, and a warm greetings to all the new students – we are glad you are now a part of our distinguished Teacher Education program!

Homecoming and The Department of Teacher Education Faculty Scholarship Event, Friday, April 5, 2013

Our faculty share their Active Learning Projects!


Freeman Holbrook, SNC Alum and Teacher Education Graduate Program Instructor shared his award winning M.Ed. Action Plan “Site Based Funding”.

Freeman’s project resulted in a statewide initiative used to restructure school funding in Nevada! Freeman was recently selected by Governor Sandoval to serve as a member of the Nevada State Board of Education. SNC congratulates Freeman whose Active Learning Scholarship is making a difference in Nevada and beyond! Way to go, Freeman! Check out pictures of the event below.


Mallory and Jeanne just love the creative and engaging Active Learning Tool Kits!

Dr. Jeanne Klockow, Director of the M.Ed. degree program, traveled from our Las Vegas campus to share her expertise and love of active learning!


Classrooms on Fire! with Brittany Culbertson

Brittany Culbertson, SNC Alum and Teacher Education Graduate Program Instructor, shared scholarship through the M.Ed. degree with Ron Clark Specialization.


Active Learning Scholarship in action through the Master of Education degree program


Ron Clark, Author and Teacher Extraordinaire, Comes to Las Vegas July 16, 2013

No one can deny that Ron Clark brings passion and energy to his teaching! Due to his dedication to improving education (often using unconventional methods) he has been able to motivating students and drastically improve student test scores. Some of his numerous achievements include being:

  • New York Times Best Selling Author
  • Disney Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • Oprah Winfrey’s First “Phenomenal Man”
  • Founder of The Ron Clark Academy

On July 16, 2013, he is coming to Las Vegas to bring you Community Day with Ron Clark. You can sign up now at


Tuesday, July 16, 2013
10:00 AM (Doors Open at 9:00 AM)
Central Christian Church
1001 New Beginnings Drive, Henderson NV 89011
(Just off US95 & Russell Road)

Eric Harssema, a Teacher Education Alumnus from Sierra Nevada College, is a Teacher of the Year Finalist

Charlie Riley presenting Eric Harssema with his finalist certificate as he stands with his second-grade class at Incline Elementary School

Congratulations to Eric Harssema, an Incline Elementary School teacher and Sierra Nevada College Teacher Education alumnus, for being the second finalist for Truckee Hometown Sears-Sierra Sun Teacher of the Year! Eric has been with Incline Elementary School for four years after earning his M.A. from SNC.

The Department of Teacher Education at Sierra Nevada College presents “BULLY” Wednesday, March 27

This coming Wednesday, March 27, the Department of Teacher Education at Sierra Nevada College is proud to host the screening of Bully (2011), the award-winning documentary about the very real and troubling bullying epidemic that, according to the film’s website, 13 million young people face regularly in schools and online. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, over one in four young people, from ages 12 to 18, report being bullied during the school year, and according to a 2012 survey conducted by, “More than 80% of high school students in the U.S. report they witness bullying at least once a week” (link).

Bully takes us behind these statistics and documents the struggles of several kids and families that have been the victims of bullying, painfully exposing both the brutality and isolation of those bullied as well as the negligence of those who have the power to do something about it.

For example, the film profiles a 14-year-old teenager from Mississippi who is jailed and charged with 22 felony counts after pulling a gun on her tormentors, a 12-year-old boy from Iowa who is regularly humiliated and abused on his bus commute to school, a 16-year-old lesbian student from Oklahoma that is viciously persecuted by both her peers and teachers, and two boys, ages 17 and 12, who tragically commit suicide because of the abuse they endured.

Bully has received considerable praise from top film critics. Rex Reed of the New York Observer writes, “Lee Hirsch is certainly one who is making a difference. I endorse him and his brave, powerful movie and urge you to see it for yourself. You might leave Bully with rage, but you will not leave Bully with indifference”, and Richard Corliss of Time writes that it is “a documentary as vivid as any horror film, as heartbreaking as any Oscar-worthy drama”. This film will likely educate you, enrage you, and hopefully motivate you (and those around you) to confront bullying and defend those who are its victims.

Time: Wednesday, March 27, 7-9pm
Location: TCES 139/141
Admission: Free

Watch the trailer here: