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Congratulations to Ashley Staron for being the 4th Tahoe Truckee Teacher of the Year Finalist!

TruckeeAshley Staron, Truckee Elementary Kindergarten teacher and a Sierra Nevada College M.Ed. alumna, was selected as the 4th 2014 Truckee Hometown SEARS-Sierra Sun/North Tahoe Bonanza Teacher of the Year finalist. Truckee Elementary principal Valerie Simpson said that Ashley “…has brought her positive energy and new ideas that not only have infiltrated her kindergarten team but the entire school”, and one nominator said that “I have never met a more dedicated teacher”. Congratulations Ashley!

Justin Brecht is named Clark County’s January Educator of the Month

Congratulations to Justin Brecht, 5th grade teacher and founder of the B.R.I.C.K. Academy at John F. Mendoza Elementary School, for being named Clark County’s January Educator of the Month (sponsored by The Las Vegas Review-Journal and Sierra Nevada College)! Further information about Justin Brecht’s admirable accomplishments can be found here.

Congratulations, Anne Eby!


Anne Marie Eby was the winner of the 2013 M.Ed. Academic Achievement Award for her action plan, Picture This! A Visual-Spatial Approach to Learning. She won $5,000 to implement her action plan at her school, Martha P. King Elementary School. Congratulations, Anne, for a job well done!

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

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.