Nevada

Celia Roberts

Position: Fifth Grade Teacher

School: Doris French Elementary School

School District: Clark County School District

City, State: Las Vegas, Nevada

About the Nominee: Celia Roberts is the Wonder Woman of teachers! She works with almost 50 fifth grade students and never complains. Every day, she smiles and says she will do her best! Her project-based teaching style is engaging and helps her students go from doing desk work to using meaningful real-world applications of their skills. Each student is treated as an individual, and the bar is set high for everyone. Ms. Roberts works tirelessly to find strategies to assist all of her students with content mastery. She fully includes all of her students, including those with special needs, and provides them with the greatest gifts- inquiry and self-motivation. Ms. Roberts continually reflects on all that she does and redesigns lessons to make them more effective and engaging. She stays in consistent contact with each of her families and updates them regularly on their child's progress and growth. Each student is taught how to set academic goals and collect data on growth for those goals.

Her "can do" attitude never falters, and her perseverance with the toughest of students is endless. The love she has for her students is reflected in all that she does. Her peers have called her a "renaissance" woman and a "jack of all trades." Former students are often seen in her classroom visiting with her and getting ideas for college.

Ms. Roberts is a leader on the Doris French campus and assists with leadership decisions, budget decisions and safety issues. She heads up the technology team and keeps the primary tablets updated and running. She also helped create an Accelerated Learning Model for the school district and served as a mentor classroom for schools to observe when implementing the model. Her pleasant demeanor and willingness to help others is always apparent. Her colleagues and students appreciate all that she does!

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Ashley Peace

Position: Math Teacher

School: Sierra Vista High School

School District: Clark County School District

City, State: Las Vegas, Nevada

About the Nominee: Ashley Peace was nominated by a student, Jasmine Cowan. Some people are fortunate enough to find someone who impacts their lives in a positive way. Jasmine considers herself to be one of these individuals because she was lucky enough to find Mr. Peace. With all he does for the students at Sierra Vista High School, it is clear that he is a true LifeChanger. Mr. Peace affects people’s lives in meaningful ways through his teaching methods and helpful personality. This life-changing teacher continues to go above and beyond for all students.

Mr. Peace's personalized teaching strategies make his math class unlike any other. Before Jasmine set foot in his classroom, she absolutely hated math. Thanks to Mr. Peace, however, math is now her favorite subject. He takes the time to learn about his students individually in order to shape math problems into something they can understand. One time, for example, he explained a geometry problem for Jasmine in the form of ballet positions. She was blown at his ability to connect math to ballet, but more importantly, she found herself able to understand the problem and execute it. He continuously gets his students motivated to learn more. Furthermore, he exhibits impeccable teaching abilities and leadership skills by encouraging the students to interact with one another. Through his unmatched teaching skills, Mr. Peace is an influential character in the lives of students.

Mr. Peace has a supportive character; he is always there to lead students down a path to success. When Jasmine first met Mr. Peace, she was a student who did not care about what school had to offer her. After a short time in his class, that all changed. Mr. Peace showed her that she is more than a high school dropout, and that she is capable of anything. His empowering life lessons show students that they can do anything they set their mind to as long as they “just give it a try.” Even students that have never been in his class know they can look to him for assistance because he has a reputation for being a helpful teacher. Mr. Peace’s impartial, generous personality makes him a significant, inspirational figure to students.

It is rare to meet an educator who has had such a positive impact on students. Mr. Peace is one of these educators. He has changed the lives of many students, including Jasmine, and will continue to be a LifeChanger every day!

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Lindsay Whalen

Position: High School Health Teacher, Basketball Coach and Student Council Advisor

School: Sierra Vista High School

School District: Clark County School District

City, State: Las Vegas, Nevada

About the Nominee: Lindsay Whalen was nominated by a colleague, Renee Johnson. Lindsay Whalen is more than the ideal teacher and commands deep respect among her colleagues! She has demonstrated outstanding leadership, patience and trustworthiness, and she has a strong sense of responsibility. She is a team player who is not afraid of long hours and hard work.

She is the advisor of Student Council, which plans and implements a whole lot of spirited activities at Sierra Vista. This role takes a lot of patience and hard work. She teaches skills to her council members such as communication and cooperation with their peers and school staff. Her students are involved in student planning and go out into the community to help where is needed. Ms. Whalen's student council members love her so much that they have lunch with her every day. She loves them, too!

Ms. Whalen is also a health teacher. She not only focuses on teaching content and knowledge, but on teaching life skills.

Additionally, she is the basketball coach, and her coaching philosophy has proved to be exceptional, year after year.

She is an incredible LifeChanger in her community, and her school is thankful for all that she does!

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John Anzalone

Position: High School Principal

School: Sierra Vista High School

School District: Clark County School District

City, State: Las Vegas, Nevada

About the Nominee: John Anzalone was nominated by Renee Johnson. Dr. Anzalone recently started working at Sierra Vista High School as a new principal. He is the fourth principal that his nominator, Ms. Johnson, has worked under. He might be the youngest principal in Nevada, according to Ms. Johnson. In the short time he has been at Sierra Vista, Dr. Anzalone has made a huge impact. Ms. Johnson says that she has never met or worked under anyone like him. He started the school's first ROTC program, bought new instruments for the performing arts program and is planning to get solar panels for the school. He always has an open ear and open door policy for both students and staff.

Students say that Dr. Anzalone has made Sierra Vista a place where they want to be. It's becoming a place where students are respectful to each other and are learning to get along. Ms. Johnson, who works in the graphics department, says students stop by all day to drop off work for their teachers. These students all say they love him. Dr. Anzalone has made school fun; Sierra Vista has music in the cafeteria and pep rallies that everyone participates in. Overall, Dr. Anzalone has done a great job!

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Kristiana Dominguez

Position: Seventh and Eighth Grade Math Teacher & Student Success Team Facilitator

School: Pershing County Middle School

School District: Pershing County School District

City, State: Lovelock, Nevada

About the Nominee: Kristiana Dominguez was nominated by her principal, Cindy Plummer. Mrs. Dominguez goes above and beyond to help each and every student in her class become proficient in math. Whenever necessary, she spends extra time assisting her students with learning math skills. She also seeks professional development opportunities to stay abreast of current best practices. Former students that are in high school will return to her to ask for help on their math work. She's kind and endears herself to students.

Mrs. Dominguez is also the Student Success Team Facilitator. She works with other staff members to analyze data in order to find areas of both strengths and needs for all of her school's students.. She facilitates professional development for her school when dealing with data.

Additionally, she has been instrumental in bringing in Student-Led Conferencing. Last year, the school began the three-year process of rolling out this conferencing method, starting with the sixth grade. This year, they will include sixth and seventh graders in these parent discussions.

Mrs. Dominguez also facilitates a parent data session during her school's bi-annual Parent University evenings. She shows parents what the data means in relationship to where their child is at and when they need to be by the end of the school year. These powerful, fierce conversations have helped engage parents in data awareness for their child. Mrs. Dominguez is a tremendous asset to her school!

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