Administrative  Team

Paul Catania - Principal

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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,

 

Paul Catania

Shalynn Tinkel - Assistant Principal

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Hello!  I am ecstatic to be part of the Billy and Rosemary Vassiliadis Elementary School team as an assistant principal.  My name is Shalynn Tinkel and I absolutely love being part of the Cub Family at Vassiliadis!  

 

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 3 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 embark upon this new school year with all of you!

Shalynn Tinkel

Jennifer Gerber    - Assistant Principal
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Hello everyone!  My name is Jennifer Gerber and I am so excited to begin this year as a cub and to join the Billy and Rosemary Vassiliadis Elementary School team as an assistant principal. 
 
I was born here in Las Vegas and am a product of the Clark County School District! As a teacher, I have taught 1st , 3rd and 4th grade and also served as a reading interventionist for second language students here in the valley. In addition, I have been an administrator for the past 11 years, working with both students and staff who continue to amaze me each and every day. During my administrative career, I have focused mainly on helping students find their voice and learn to take ownership of their achievements and responsibility for their choices.  I am looking forward to seeing our students shine throughout this year!
 
As a local kid, I am a graduate of UNLV with a degree in elementary education. In addition to being able to teach students in grades K-8, I also have an endorsement to teach middle school math and hold two master’s
degrees, one in Teaching and another in Educational Leadership.


Keeping it in the education family, I married my husband, Matt, who is a local high school Physics teacher and head football coach. Together, we are raising two amazing daughters (Addison, 11 and Emilyn, 7) who love to dance and keep us on our toes. When we aren’t at dance competitions or cheering on the Aggies at a Friday night football game, you can find us enjoying all that Las Vegas has to offer or spending time with our wonderful friends and family.

 

I truly believe that all students can achieve when they are given a clear roadmap and support and encouragement along the way.  We are stronger when those around us believe in us and are waiting in the wings to celebrate
our accomplishments. My goal is to help our young scholars feel like every day has the potential to be amazing and that each of them are just one step away from greatness!


I am looking forward to meeting all of you and hope that before the end of this year I can greet each of you by name!


Jennifer Gerber

Click on the sections below for past articles or videos of interest.
Mr. Catania the Artist
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2011 Principal of the Year

2012 Ranked Top School in the District

2011 Inside Education Interview

2014 National Blue Ribbon School Award at Bonner ES