New Teachers for 2019-20
Hi Cubs! I was born and raised right here in viva Las Vegas. I went to Ruth Fyfe and MJ Christensen Elementary Schools, Booker Sixth Grade Center, Johnson Middle School and was part of the first graduating class of Las Vegas Academy, where I majored in dance! I received a bachelors and masters degree from UNLV, but what I’m most proud of is my masters degree from the University of Arizona in library sciences. Library is my true passion! I’m entering my 19th year teaching in CCSD.
I’m married to a high school teacher and coach and we have 2 amazing children. Our son is 12 and attends Fertitta MS and our daughter is 10 and joining the Cub Family as well! We also have a darling miniature schnauzer named Milo and he has the most dashing beard. I love all things pink, sparkly and cheetah print. My family and I enjoy going on HUGE and I mean HUGE road trips during the summers. And I wouldn’t be a great librarian if I didn’t love to READ! My favorite books are the ones that I see in children’s hands! I love to see kid’s faces light up when they are reading what they enjoy! I can’t wait to find out what everyone’s favorite books are! Let’s make some library magic happen!
Hello! My name is Mrs. Willey, and I am thrilled to be teaching at Vassiliadis Elementary School! Some of
you may remember me, as I have been a part of the Vassiliadis Elementary family since the school’s
opening. During my time at Vassiliadis in the past, I worked as a student teacher, CTT, and a long-term
substitute teacher. Since the last time you saw me, my name has changed from Ms. Teifer, to Mrs.
Willey, as I have recently gotten married. As I enter my second year of teaching, I look forward to
starting a new journey in the Special Education Department as the primary resource teacher.
As a Las Vegas native, I am a proud product of the Clark County School District and a UNLV graduate.
Besides teaching, I love all things Vegas Golden Knights, attending kickboxing classes, and escaping to
the beach as much as possible! To all of my future students, remember, “Excellence is not only in your
skills. It’s in your attitude.” Be kind, work hard, and all of your wildest dreams can come true!
Hello! My name is Chara Mariani and I am thrilled to be a part of the Vassiliadis Community. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. I started my college career at UNLV where I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Education. After that, I continued my education and received my Masters in Literacy. I have been teaching for 21 years ALL in FABULOUS first grade. First grade is the most gratifying and exciting grade to teach!!
I am married to my high school sweetheart, M.J. and we have two beautiful daughters. Madeline is 14 years old and will start her first year of high school! Yikes! Ava is 11 years old and will be in 7th grade. They both are very athletic. Madeline plays soccer and Ava plays softball. I also have two golden retrievers named Jacks and Bentley who keep me busy! When I am not attending games for my girls or playing with my dogs, you can usually find me on a beach or shopping!
I love reading to my “love bugs” and having them think about connections they may have with the text. My classroom library is plentiful and I can’t wait to share it with my new first graders. I believe amazing learning happens in a safe, encouraging, risk-free, and fun environment. We will sing songs together, become better thinkers, and motivate each other to do our very best. I feel like Dr. Seuss said it best, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” I am excited to see all the places we’ll go in first grade at Vassiliadis and looking forward to a phenomenal year!
Hi families! I am so thrilled to be joining the Vassiliadis family this year! The 2019-2020 school year will be my 11th year teaching in the Clark County School District. I was born and raised in Las Vegas and attended CCSD schools. I later went to study at the University of Nevada Reno, where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. GO PACK! I also have a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Instruction with an emphasis in e-Learning/Technology and am currently enrolled in a teacher leadership program through a partnership with UNLV and SNRPDP. After graduating from UNR, I moved back to Las Vegas to be closer to my family.
My passion is teaching and inspiring students to be lifelong learners. I have taught a k-2 combination class at Odyssey Charter School, 1st grade, 3rd grade and was the PBIS Internal Coach at Eileen Conners Elementary School. I was a 3rd grade teacher and K-5 Reading Interventionist at James B. McMillan Elementary School.
When I am not teaching and spending time with the amazing students that I get to work with daily, I am spending time with my husband and 2 children. We have a 5 year old daughter (Charli Mae) who is as spunky as they come and a 3 year old son (Rhett) that really keeps us on our toes with his wild stunts and fiery personality! You can also find me reading a good book or working out at home or in a Crossfit gym. I cannot wait to meet all of your smiling faces and have an awesome year together!
Hi! My name is Stephanie Koons and I am SO excited to be a part of the Vassiliadis team. I have been a teacher in the Clark County School District for 15 years. I have taught first, second, and third grade and have been in kindergarten for the last 6 years. Kindergarten is where my heart is; it is so much fun to teach! The littles ones are eager to learn and able to absorb so much information during their first year of “big kid” school. It’s absolutely amazing to see the academic and social growth they make in one short year!
I have lived in Las Vegas for the past 30 years. I attended CCSD elementary and middle schools and went to Bishop Gorman for high school. I graduated from UNLV in 2003 with my undergraduate degree and in 2007 with my Master’s Degree in education.
When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a wonderful husband and two young children. My little girl will be starting kindergarten this year and my son will be in first grade! During time off, my family and I enjoy going up to the family cabin or taking the boat out on the lake. We love being outdoors!
I feel very lucky to be teaching kindergarten at this amazing school! I look forward to having a great first year at Vassiliadis.
Hello Cub families! My name is Mrs. Schoenrock and I am thrilled to be joining the Vassiliadis community. I am originally from Overland Park, Kansas. My family then relocated to Spokane, Washington where I played softball at North Idaho College and earned my teaching credentials at Eastern Washington University. I have a Masters in Elementary Education with endorsements as a reading specialist and in mathematics. The 2019-2020 school year marks my 10th year teaching.
I am married and have two amazing kids of my own. My daughter Avery is very excited to be a Vassiliadis Cub in first grade this year and my son Levi is two years old. Besides teaching, I love spending time at the beach, going to movies, watching the Kansas City Chiefs or Golden Knights play, reading, or doing just about anything with my family. Teaching is my passion. I believe that children learn best in an environment that is safe, consistent, challenging, engaging, and fun! I look forward to a year of reaching goals, gaining confidence, having fun, and making memories!
Hello Vassiliadis parents and students! I am very excited to be joining the Vassiliadis team this school year. The 2019-2020 school year will be my 5th year teaching. I am originally from Elizabeth, New Jersey and have lived in Las Vegas for 6 years now. I recently received my Masters Degree from Grand Canyon University in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
When I am not working I spend most of my time with my witty 12 year old daughter. She plays softball which keeps us both very busy. We have a rotund cat named Sasha and a very cool dog named Misty.
I am looking forward to meeting all of my new students and having a great first year!
Hello, My name is Rebecca Ladd-Johnson. I excited to be the Early Childhood Special Education Teacher at Billy and Rosemary Vassiliadis E. S.. I am originally from the state of Maine. I grew up in Maine and came to Las Vegas over 30 years ago.
I attended the Community College of Southern Nevada where I received an Associates Degree in Child Development. I worked in the private preschool industry for several years before I became a Specialized Program Teaching Assistant (SPTA) with Clark County School District. That is where I realized I LOVED working with young children, especially young children with disabilities. I earned my degree in Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education at UNLV. I have been an Early Childhood Special Education teacher with CCSD for over 19 years now.
I have two children. My son Lars graduated two years ago and my daughter, Allison, is in high school. I have been married for over 25 years to my husband Rick. He is my best friend. He has introduced me to the beauty of Nevada (he was raised in Las Vegas). We have hiked and backpacked some of the most beautiful places in this state. We love to camp, hike, ski, climb
and mountain bike. I love to read books and articles about the outdoors. My favorite author is Carl Hiaasen. Now, even though I do call Nevada a place to live, my heart will always call Maine my home. I do not get to go home much but when I do, I love to indulge in a good lobster dinner.
Hello! My name is Tara Krametbauer and I am very excited to join the Vassiliadis family! I was born in San Diego, CA and raised in Las Vegas, NV. I'm a product of the Clark County School District and graduated from Bonanza High School (where I met my husband, Ryan) in 2005. I received my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Literacy Education from UNLV.
This is my 10th year teaching and I have taught 1st-5th grade. I love teaching and have a passion for STEM learning and outdoor education. I feel that kids learn best from each other and hands-on experiences! I have also worked as a Read By 3 Specialist and trained staff on best literacy practices, helped schools develop performance plans, and coordinated intervention and enrichment programs for schools.
My husband and I are hockey fans and cheer on the Vegas Golden Knights! We have a one year old daughter named Emma and a mastiff named Ruby. I love to do yoga, travel, and read read read! I look forward to working with my fifth grade family and building a love of nature and learning with all my students!
Hello, my name is Annie Frei! I am so excited to be a part of the Vassiliadis team. I am originally from Colorado, but have grown up in Las Vegas. I received my Bachelors in Elementary Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I am married to my best friend and have a son that makes me smile every day. In my free time, I love being a mom and enjoy spending quality time with my family. I have been teaching for 14 years and have taught kindergarten through second grade. My goal each year is to provide my students with a positive, safe, and nurturing environment, while promoting a strong love for learning and academic success. I truly love my job and I am looking forward to an amazing year!