Specialized Programs

Michelle Kirk - GATE

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     Hello, my name is Mrs. Kirk and I LOVE being part of the Vassiliadis team as the gifted and talented education (GATE) specialist.  I was born and raised in the small town of Sonora, California.  I love to snow ski, water ski, traveling (especially to any beach), and photography.  My husband and I met in college, moved to Newport Beach, and then eventually moved to Henderson to be closer to family.  We have a son who is active in karate, football, and basketball & a daughter who loves soccer, dance, and cheer!

     I earned my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of Nevada, Reno.  After the completion of my student teaching, I was awarded the distinguished intern award from UNR which helped land a job with the Newport-Mesa Unified School district where I taught for two years.  This is my 16th year with CCSD and in addition to GATE, I have taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade.  However, I truly feel that I found my niche working with gifted students!  I have been a GATE teacher for the past 10 years and look forward to another exciting year at Vassiliadis Elementary School, filled with exploration, project-based learning, educational field trips, acceleration, challenge, and enrichment. 

      Teaching is my passion and making sure that students are being challenged is what keeps me motivated and driven!  I am honored to work with some of the brightest students and strive to motivate them to become the next great leader, inventor, scientist, philanthropist, and much more! 

     

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  ~Nelson Mandela

“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework” ~Lily Tomlin

Melissa Lovewell - MUSIC

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     Greetings Families!  I am so excited to begin my fourth year as the music teacher at Vassiliadis ES!  I grew up in a small town just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I moved to Las Vegas for my first teaching job in 2004.  I have now lived in Las Vegas for 12 years, with a 4 year adventure to Georgetown, Texas in-between.  I have been teaching Elementary Music for 15 years.

      I received my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Slippery Rock University, PA where I played the trumpet.  I later received my Masters of Education from Lesley University in Las Vegas. 

     My husband and I have two beautiful children, two dogs, a cat and two hamsters.

     Aside from my love for music, I love the outdoors!  My family and I hike and camp every chance we get!

     All students, K-5, will have music!  We have an exciting, active curriculum full of playing instruments, singing, dancing and creating!  We will explore the elements of sound and music making at all age levels! I am also excited to offer many extracurricular performance programs to the students in the upcoming school year!

     "Music training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the secret places of the soul." ~ Plato

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Victoria Vesp - Library

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Hello!!   My name is Vicki Vesp and I am beyond excited to be teaching the library special at Vassiliadis Elementary School.  I was born in Newport Beach, California, but moved to Las Vegas as a small child. Most of my childhood was spent growing up in Boulder City.  I am a product of the CCSD and very proud of it!!!  I received my Bachelors of Elementary Education and Masters at UNLV and taught in the district full time since 2002.  I originally substitute taught while my own children were young and taught at Bonner Elementary School for 14 years.  I have been a part of the Summerlin community for twenty-five years, teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade and absolutely love teaching.  It is extremely rewarding to watch my students grow into successful individuals.  

I have been married for 25 years to my husband Gavin and we have two grown daughters, Taylor 24 and Mackenzie 21.  I love spending as much time together as possible.  I love traveling, shopping, cooking, going out to dinner, and just spending time with family and friends.    

My favorite author is Judy Blume.  I loved her as a child and like her even more as an adult.  I believe that books teach us all kinds of life lessons.  I can’t wait for the 2017-2018 school year to begin.  My students become part of my life and preparing them for middle school is the adventure we will take together.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel~ Maya Angelou
 

Achilles Musni - Physical Education

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     Hello, Vassiliadis parents and students!  My name is Mr. Musni (pronounced moose-knee) and I can't wait to begin another year at Vassiliadis and meet all of our new incoming families.  I was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Las Vegas in 1997. I earned my Undergraduate Degree as well as my Masters Degree in Literacy from UNLV and spent 14 years as the PE teacher at Booker Elementary followed by 3 years at Bonner Elementary. I’m married to an amazing CCSD teacher and we have 3 kids that keep us very busy. I'm also a lifelong Raider fan and look forward to another amazing year filled with exciting activities for our students at Billy and Rosemary Vassiliadis Elementary School.

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Brian Davis - Counselor

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     Hello Cubs!  I am thrilled for another year at the best school in the world, Vassiliadis Elementary!  My childhood was spent in Yuba City, CA and I moved to Pleasant Grove, UT when I was 11. I’ve been in Las Vegas for 16 years and am married to a pretty rad gal named Candice.  Our two boys, Ryder and Levi, are the center of our world and keep us entertained! We love to spend time in the outdoors hiking, camping, and snowboarding. I love sports and am always down for a game of basketball, pickleball or tennis.

    I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Southern Utah University and taught 4th grade for 4 years.  I received my Master’s Degree in School Counseling through the University of Phoenix and this is my 13th year as an elementary school counselor.  I believe in educating the whole child and think Aristotle said it best, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Helping kids to build their character and grow into the best person and leader they can be is something I feel very privileged to be able to help do.  You’ll see me in classes teaching lessons on character traits and life skills, all of which support children in their social, emotional, and academic development. I love picture books and use them often in lessons because they have so many valuable messages they can teach all of us. One of my favorite authors is Peter Reynolds and any book that relates to growth mindset is an instant favorite.

     One of the goals I have each year is to know the name of every kid at the school.  I am looking forward to an amazing year and learning about all of the awesome things that make you who you are!

Julie Moffett - Counselor

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Thank you all for a wonderful first year as a Cub! I am honored to have joined the Vassiliadis family as a school counselor. I am thrilled to have joined a team that goes above and beyond for the betterment of our students, staff and families.  

I have 2 phenomenal children that are the light of my life and I am so proud of the little humans that they are! I am so excited they are joining me here at Vassiliadis this year. My daughter Parker is in 5th grade and my son Nixon is in 3rd.  In my free time, I like riding my ATV, going to the movies, going to concerts, country line dancing and good old old-fashioned game nights with family and friends.

I am Vegas born and raised and a product of CCSD. I graduated high school in 2001 from Cimarron Memorial High School. I got my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2005 from UNLV (GO REBS) and I received my master’s degree in School Counseling in 2009 from UOP. This is my 18th year as an educator in CCSD. I taught 1st grade and kindergarten for 12 years and this is my 6th year as a school counselor.

I feel blessed to be able to be a part of so many students' journeys. I enjoy recognizing students in positive ways, seeing students be proud of themselves, helping students relate counseling lessons to real life situations and I treasure getting to have meaningful, real conversations with them. I take a lot of pride in knowing students personally… the task of getting to know names at such a big school has been somewhat difficult for me; but I am learning more students (& names) every day. I keep telling the kids “if I ask your name, please don’t think it is because I don’t care enough to remember, I am trying!”

My goal is to help students in their social-emotional journey in addition to their academic progress to support them in being well adjusted, productive citizens. If we each make a gesture (no matter how small) to make someone’s day better or to make ourselves better than we were yesterday, collectively, we will change the world!

 

I am truly looking forward to another amazing year at Vassiliadis. 

STEAM - Jennifer Kelly

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     Hi Cubs! I’m excited to be starting another great year as part of the Vassiliadis family!
Teaching STEAM is the perfect fit for me because I LOVE SCIENCE! It’s so wonderful to watch
students discover new things about the world around them everyday and I love being a part of
that.
     I was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa and earned my Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State
University. I married my husband, Todd in 2003 and we moved to Las Vegas in 2016. We have one
son, Brandon and he attends Palo Verde High School. (He was once a Vassiliadis Cub too!) We
also have the best dog, a Cavapoo named Rex. I’ve been working in elementary schools since
Brandon was in Kindergarten and prior to that I was a Corporate Training and Development
Manager for HR companies. I enjoy hiking, skiing in the winter, reading, spending weekends in
Utah and discovering new places in our amazing city.
     I’m looking forward to another great year in STEAM with all our Vassiliadis Cubs!

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ART - Jennifer Davis

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     Hello Vassiliadis students and families! I am Jennifer Davis and I am honored and excited to be back as the Art Teacher for this amazing learning community.  I have been an art teacher for 13 years and 11 of those years have been with the Clark County School District.   I have a deep passion for teaching young children about art and the creative process.  Students in my art classes will gain an excitement and appreciation of looking at and learning about art. They will create their own masterpiece in my classroom and leave with a sense of accomplishment and pride. 

     I grew up in a small rural town in Maine, attended college in Florida and then made my way to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1996. I earned my B.S. in Art Education from Florida State University, earned an M.Ed. in Integrated Arts from Lesley University and hold an endorsement in Gifted and Talented Education from Southern Utah University. My husband is retired Air Force and is now Civil Service. His job has moved us to many places including Utah, Alaska, and the Azores Island, Terceira. We have two children and a Goldendoodle named Lucy.

     In my spare time, I enjoy teaching after school art classes. I also enjoy drawing and painting, listening to audiobooks, movies, skiing, camping and just spending time with my family. I do not have much time to watch TV, but when I do, my favorite TV shows are Fixer Upper and Property Brothers on HGTV. 

Email: coming soon

EXPLORATIONS - Sarena Ruberio

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Email: rubersm@nv.ccsd.net

Kristin Lilley - RBG3 Literacy Specialist

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     Hi! I am Mrs. Lilley and I love being the RBG3 Literacy Specialist and Learning Strategist at Vassiliadis Elementary School. I am passionate about helping teachers find the best resources and most engaging activities for their students and enjoy getting to help ALL the cubs at our school. 

     I started teaching in 2011 here in Las Vegas, NV. I have taught 3rd grade, 1st grade, 4th grade, and Elementary Science. I realized I had a passion for training teachers and helping to develop educators during my years teaching science because I was given the opportunity to present science curriculum at many education conferences throughout the state of Nevada. I love school so much that I earned a couple Master's Degrees right away: a M.Ed in Instructional Design and a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction. Recently, I earned my M.Ed in Elementary Administration; however, I love my job so much, I am not ready to become a principal yet. My goal is to provide all students with the learning they deserve through training their teachers and providing them with the best resources possible.

     I married my husband, Taylor, in 2008 and we have two children. Gavin and Brooklyn are twins and will be starting middle school this year! We have one dog, a German Short-haired Pointer named Boss. We used to have a Desert Tortoise named Chip, but now he lives in the courtyard at Vassiliadis! Stop by and say hi to him if he’s outside basking in the sun. I love spending time with my family and friends and throwing parties. If I weren’t a teacher, I would be a party planner, especially for children’s birthday parties and weddings. My hobbies also include cooking, trying new restaurants and watching the Vegas Golden Knights. Go, Knights, Go!

     My favorite quote is also how I live my life. Never quit! “Life might have its failures, but this was not it. The only true failure can come if you quit.”  -Andrea Beatty, author of Rosie Revere, Engineer.

     I was born and raised in Salem, Oregon.  I attended to the University of Portland in Oregon on a baseball scholarship and earned a degree in sociology.  Following college, I played professional baseball in the Colorado Rockies organization for 9 years making it as high as AAA. I moved to Las Vegas in 2003 and soon after earned my Masters in Elementary Education as well as my CTE in Technology.  I taught 3rd grade for 4 years at Frias Elementary, I was an Educational Computing Strategist (ECS) for 2 years split between four different CCSD schools, and I spent 4 years as a Learning Strategist specializing in technology at Bonner Elementary. I am so excited to begin another year at Vassiliadis Elementary School and love having the opportunity to help teachers and students integrate technology into their education.

     I have two sons who both attend SIg Rogich MS. Both boys play baseball so outside of school I spend a vast majority of my time coaching and watching Little League and club baseball games. In between baseball outings I like to golf and work around the house. I'm looking forward to another great school year at Vassiliadis!

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Chandler Martin - STEAM & Technology Coordinator

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Greg Gusmerotti - Health & Fitness

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     Hello to the community of Vassiliadis Elementary School.  My name is Greg Gusmerotti and I am excited and honored to be a part of such a special community and team.

     I grew up in New York and moved to Las Vegas in 1999.  I suppose that is where I developed my passion for pizza and the NY Jets.  Luckily pizza doesn’t let me down as much as my NY Jets, but I still love them.   I enjoy the outdoor weather and being so close to Utah, as I still get the opportunity to do a little snow skiing.  My hobbies include mountain bike riding, disc golf, all sports, and escape rooms. In 1996 I received a B.A. in Business and worked as manager of a financial institution back in New York.  In 1999 my brother recruited me to help him buy a restaurant here in Vegas.  In 2001 I made the best decision of my life, I followed my heart and went back to school to earn my Masters in Education.  I have been living my dream for the last 19 years.  After the first week of teaching, I came home and said to my wife, WOW, I could do this for the next 30 years.  I have been fortunate to work in CCSD with some amazing teachers and incredible students for the last 19 years. I am excited to embark on a new vision and adventure. I am fortunate to start a new position where I will be able to reach out and help more students in our community on a daily basis.   Every day in school with such incredible students is truly a gift.

     I am lucky enough to be joined in the Vassiliadis’ community with my wife Jeanine, who teaches first grade. My daughter Isabella is a Vassiliadis graduate and will be attending LVA as a 9th grader this year. My son Trevor, also a Vassiliadis graduate, will be entering 7th grade in August.  My family is so special to me and I am ecstatic to have them along for the ride. My goal is to create a fun environment and instill a passion for learning.  I am looking forward to an incredible year!

Meaghan Blair - Primary Intervention Strategist

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     Hello!  My name is Meaghan Blair, and I am so excited to begin another year at Vassiliadis Elementary as the primary intervention specialist. I am originally from Dallas, Texas and attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where I received my teaching degree. I grew up in a family full of educators, and it has been my passion for as long as I can remember!  I have been teaching for 10 years and have experience teaching 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders.  I am also trained in Orton Gilligham and look forward to using strategies from this program with students. I have lived in Las Vegas for six years now. When I am not teaching,  I am spending time with friends, family, and my husband, Hunter. We love trying out new restaurants, traveling to new places, and cheering on the Vegas Golden Knights.  I also enjoy cooking, exercising, and shopping. I am thrilled to make new relationships and instill a love of learning in our students this year.  I love being part of the Vassiliadis family and can't wait for another amazing year! 

Sarah Alsterlind - Intermediate Intervention Strategist

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     I am very excited to be joining the Vassiliadis Team, for the upcoming school year! This is my seventeenth year in the Clark County School District, my 24th year working in education, and my second year as a strategist. I look forward to meeting new faces and working together within the Cub Community.

     I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, located in Northern California. I love sports and am a big fan of all Bay Area teams. I have two older brothers and enjoy being the youngest and only girl in my family. I moved to Las Vegas about seventeen years ago from San Diego, California. I love living and teaching in Las Vegas, but I miss the beach and the gorgeous Southern California weather. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University and my Master’s Degree from Nova Southeastern University, and I am currently working on my Instructional Leadership Certificate through Harvard University. I also have my TESL Endorsement and have enjoyed teaching English in Costa Rica, Thailand, Bali, Peru, and most recently, India. In my free time, I like to watch sports, travel, take pictures, hike, and spend time with my family and friends. I also love being an auntie to my three beautiful nieces: Olive, Penelope, and Emma, and my handsome nephew: Miles.

     I am beyond ready for this next step in my journey as an educator, and consider myself incredibly thankful and blessed to wake up and do what I love each day. My motto is...Work hard! Play hard!