Kindergarten Team

Melanie Danzeisen 

   Hi there!   I am so thrilled to be part of the Vassiliadis Kindergarten Team!  My career in education and being a positive influence on a child’s life brings me much joy.   I was born in Rhode Island and at a young age moved to New Jersey.    My love and passion for educating young children flourished at Kutztown University, PA where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in Early Childhood Education.   In 1988, I began my teaching career, opening a new school in Galloway NJ, where I taught Kindergarten for 6 years. At that time, I married my husband of now 24 years. In 1994 when we had our first son, Drew, I resigned from teaching and became a stay at home mom, to later raise 3 more beautiful kids: Bradley, Todd, and Macy.

In 1999, we moved to Las Vegas. After settling in to the West Coast, I started back slowly into my career with volunteering at schools, tutoring, substituting, part time teaching and then eventually, full time when the family was ready.  I have since furthered my education and am receiving my Masters of Education in Administration through Southern Utah University.   I am now in my 12th year of teaching, here in Las Vegas, and looking forward to being a part of Team Vassiliadis.  Even more so, I look forward to discovering each child’s individual gifts and talents and help them become his or her most magnificent self.   My classroom is a place where children learn to respect their community, love one another, honor their families, and challenge their minds while learning to love school. 

     When I’m not teaching, my husband and I can be found cheering at a baseball/ softball field watching our kids play or taking road trips to see them at their colleges. Three of the four are still competing in sports at the high school and college level.  I also enjoy the outdoors, the beach, skiing, traveling, cooking, and spending quality time with our family and friends.

Michelle Parkes 

     Hello, my name is Michelle Parkes, and I am very excited to be teaching kindergarten at Vassiliadis Elementary School. As a native of Las Vegas, I attended CCSD schools and graduated from Bonanza High School. I attended Southern Utah University for my undergraduate degree and received my Master’s degree from Grand Canyon University. During the past 18 years, I have taught kindergarten, first, and second grade, but my heart belongs in kindergarten. I love the joy, wonder and enthusiasm that kindergartners have as they discover the world around them. I spent the 14 years at Staton Elementary, and I love being part of the wonderful Summerlin school community.

     When I am not at school, I love spending time with my family. My awesome husband and I have three fantastic kids. I have a son and daughter who are both attending college in Utah (BYU and Weber State University). My youngest daughter is 11 and loves dancing, singing, swimming, and just having fun. My favorite activities are running, reading, baking, and traveling with my family.

     I feel honored to be here at Vassiliadis, and I am looking forward to another wonderful year. I love teaching, and I love helping children meet the challenges of learning new things and achieving new goals. “We can do hard things!” is the motto in our class, and each day we realize just what wonderful things we can do.

Pattie Haire

     Hello! My name is Patti Haire, and I am thrilled to be part of the great team at Vassiliadis Elementary School. I am originally from Bountiful, Utah. This will be my 32nd year teaching and I have no plan to ever retire. I love being a part of these sweet children’s lives, and find teaching to be more of a hobby than a job. I have taught in Utah, where I received my degree in Elementary Education from BYU. I then taught in Oklahoma, while my husband completed law school and worked for four more years. We finally made it back west and moved to Las Vegas, where we have lived, raised our family, and I have taught, for the last 23 years. While in Las Vegas, I earned my Masters Degree in Literacy, from Lesley University. I have taught 2nd grade, 1st grade, and kindergarten. Kindergarten is truly where my heart is, and I feel so lucky to share my days with five-year-old’s. They really are the best!

     A little about me… Well, I am a mother of three grown children. Two of which are married, and my youngest is in college. I am a new grandmother and love every minute of it. I love spending time with my family around the pool, eating out and vacationing together. I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and pretty much doing anything creative.  As an “empty nester,” I love the time I spend with my husband Paul. I am delighted to be part of our new school. I look forward to each year, as a new and wonderful challenge and exciting adventure. I’m thrilled to be teaching at Vassiliadis Elementary. I am overjoyed to work with a community who values the education and growth of children.

Audra Ford

     Hello! My name is Audra Ford. I am thrilled to be joining the kindergarten team at Vassiliadis this year!  I grew up right here in Las Vegas and graduated from Bonanza High School.  I love Las Vegas and could not picture myself living any place else.  I attended Dixie State College in St. George, Utah and then transferred to UNLV to finish up my degree in Early Childhood Education. A few years later, I received my Masters in Early Childhood Education from UNLV. This year marks my 12th  year teaching in Clark County School district and I have taught kindergarten, first grade and second grade.  I’ve loved each and every grade, but I’m so excited to get back to kindergarten this year and be a part of what makes Vassiliadis so special.
      I recently got engaged and we have the date set for this October. When I’m not working on wedding plans or school things I enjoy, spending time with my fiancé, Dan, family and friends.  I also enjoy shopping, baking, concerts, and traveling up to Utah to spend a few weekends in the summer at the family cabin. 

I am looking forward to a fabulous year at Vassiliadis Elementary School!

Pattie Haire

Heather Musni

My name is Heather Musni and it is going to be a great year filled with lots of learning and fun adventures.  I can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us.

     I was born on a military base in San Diego, California and am the only child.  I was a Rebel Girl for UNLV and received my B.S. Degree in Elementary Education and then a Master’s Degree in Elementary Literacy. In 2014, I received a second Master’s Degree in Supervision and Administration with hopes of becoming a school administrator in the future. I love cheese enchiladas from Robertos, Sushi and Smoothies!  You can usually find me at the gym, a football field, softball field, Gap, Target or NIKE.  I love to relax by reading and spending time with my crazy husband and kids.

     My first teaching job was in 3rd grade at Booker Elementary and then I moved to 2nd grade and even did a year in 1st grade as well.  After two years in second grade I made the jump to Kindergarten.  Kindergarten is my FAVORITE grade.  This will be my 18th year in the district and I look forward to supporting our students and teachers with literacy this year!  I also coach the Cheerleaders right here at Vassiliadis - GO CUBS!

     I am married to Mr. Musni.  He is currently the P.E. teacher at Vassiliadis ES as well as a football coach at Sierra Vista High School.  We have three children, Jaxson (18), will be attending Cornell College in Iowa on a football scholarship.  Jarrett (16), is the QB for Sierra Vista’s football team and Zoe (11) plays for the Lady Scorpions traveling softball team. We also have a 7 year old German Shepard named Roxy, a 3 year old Mini Bully named Bronson and 2 desert tortoises.  I look forward to another exciting year at Vassiliadis Elementary School.

Stephanie Koons

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.

Amy Willey

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 teaching kindergarten and helping spark the flame that is your child’s passion for learning. After all, everything you need to know, you learn in kindergarten!

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, I can’t wait to meet you and get the year started!!!

Vassiliadis Elementary School Hours

Students:   8:00 a.m. - 2:11 p.m. (first bell rings at 7:55 a.m.)

Office Hours:   6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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215 Antelope Ridge Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89138

702-799-1420 Phone  | 702-799-1421 Fax