Paul Catania - Principal
SeaCamp 2018-19 (99)
SeaCamp 2018-19 (98)
Welcome to Billy and Rosemary Vassiliadis Elementary School! My name is Paul Catania and I couldn’t be happier to be the principal of such a wonderful school community. I am very excited to be kicking off another year in such an amazing school. I taught special education from 2001-2007 and have been an administrator since 2008, having spent my entire educational career within the Clark County School District.
At the age of eight, my family relocated from Queens, New York to Las Vegas, where I went to Doris Hancock Elementary School, Garside and Cashman Middle Schools, and Clark High School. Upon graduating high school, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a minor in Advertising and hold two master’s degrees in Special Education and Educational Administration.
Originally from the business sector, I worked as the director of marketing, advertising, and public relations prior to entering the world of education. I became a special education teacher after a friend encouraged me to visit his classroom and, needless to say, I fell in love with the idea. I served as a special educator at Kermit Booker, Sr. Empowerment Elementary School, as an assistant principal at Harvey Dondero Elementary School, and embarked upon my journey as a principal at John W. Bonner Elementary School in summer of 2010, where I spent 7 years. I have been very fortunate to work with a tremendous school community that yielded high levels of sustained growth and achievement, culminated by the prestigious honor of being designated as a National Blue Ribbon School. These achievements only came from a shared vision and collective hard work.
I am happily married to my wife Kimberly and have two wonderful boys (Joey and Nick), who have made our life complete and have played a role in my premature grey hair (haha). I enjoy staying active, love all sports and have a passion for the arts. My hobbies include drawing, painting, media arts, computer technology, horseback riding, traveling, watching movies, exercising, and most of all entertaining children of all ages (including adults).
As educators, it is our duty to motivate students to always do their best. I believe in creating a culture where the memories and experiences from elementary school will leave a lasting impression. Not only is it our duty to provide a safe, engaging and challenging environment for students to learn, but it is imperative to cultivate strong connections and relationships between teachers, students, and parents.
There is no secret to success; it comes with hard work and dedication. Our team includes a spectacular group of educators and we are so very excited to offer our students a once in a lifetime elementary experience. I am very proud and grateful to the school community and ask you to join our vision, which is to create the most amazing school in the world. I invite you to unite as a team of full-time partners to collaboratively help all of our children to become all that they can be.
It is my honor to be your principal and I look forward to another exciting and successful year filled with unique field trips, after school activities, amazing school functions, and a once in a lifetime educational experience!
Thank you for all that you do for children,
Shalynn Tinkel - Assistant Principal
Hello! I am ecstatic to join the Billy and Rosemary Vassiliadis Elementary School team as an assistant principal. My name is Shalynn Tinkel and not only am I new to this school, but I am a new resident of Nevada!
I was born in the state of Indiana in a very small town that only has 1 stop light and no fast food restaurants! I have taught 6-8th grade English Language Arts students for 12 years and have been an administrator for the last 2 years. During my administrative career, I have focused on improving academics and community relations. I love coming to school each day and seeing all the smiling faces.
I graduated from Indiana University with a degree in elementary education. I also have an endorsement to teach 6th-9th grade English language arts. I then went back to school and obtained a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
I am married to my awesome husband, Matt, and have an energetic 9-year-old daughter, Miley. We are very excited to leave the snow behind us and explore Nevada and the surrounding areas. We love playing nightly board games, playing outside, and cooking together.
It is my belief that when discussing education, Maslow (students’ basic needs) comes before Blooms (the educational process). I work to establish relationships with the entire community and make each building I work in a safe and caring place to be. Only when we are successful in creating a warm and welcoming environment can we truly reach each student academically.
I am so excited to meet everyone and begin my family's journey in Nevada!
Gina Campbell - Assistant Principal
Hey Vassiliadis Cubs!
I’m Gina Campbell, your new Assistant Principal. I am thrilled to be back in Summerlin, where my educational career started out.
I was born and raised in Michigan and am a proud graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where I earned my Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. I moved to Nevada and began my career at Linda Rankin Givens Elementary School here in Summerlin, as a fifth grade teacher. I taught there for 10 years before making the leap into administration. I received my Masters of Education in Advanced Teaching and Leadership with a Specialization in Administration from Sierra Nevada College and attended Clark County School District’s Leadership Program. From there, I journeyed over to the Centennial area to become the Dean of Students at Justice Myron E. Leavitt Middle School. I spent three years as the Dean, and was anxious to get back into elementary. I soon became the Assistant Principal of Ruthe Deskin Elementary School, where I have been for the past three years. I am honored to be joining the V Team here at Vassiliadis.
My wonderful husband Michael is a Police Sergeant and we have identical twin girls, who were born in 2017. Our adventurous family enjoys weekend getaways in our RV, hiking Red Rock Canyon, running half marathons, and watching movies. When I’m able to sneak away for me time, you can find me hanging out with my soccer team on Sundays at Las Vegas Indoor Soccer. Our family believes that staying active, trying new things, and always being supportive of one another is the key to remaining healthy and happy.
My educational philosophy is simple, “Students want to know how much you care before they care how much you know.” Building relationships with our students is the foundation of what we do as educators. It is imperative that our students can rely on us, trust us, and seek us out when they need assistance, and I look forward to building those relationships with not only our students, but with our community as well. Let’s make this a great year, together!