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The Nevada Collaboratory

Connecting Series


Girl Hiking in Mountains

Andrea Marinac

Andrea Marinac is a Las Vegas transplant originally from Idaho. Andrea has been an educator in CCSD for 12 years. She has taught first, third, and fifth grade. This is her third year as a Consulting Teacher for Peer Assistance and Review (PAR). Andrea holds a Master's Degree in Administrative Leadership from Sierra Nevada College. When Andrea is not studying or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. During summers Andrea enjoys traveling to Idaho and enjoying the outdoors.

Girl Hiking in Mountains

Anna Cool-MacRae

Anna Cool-MacRae is a native of Idaho. She just completed her 20 th year in education. She taught Kindergarten, 3 rd Grade and has been a Teacher-Librarian. She is currently coaching and mentoring brand new teachers as a Consulting Teacher for Peer Assistance and Review. Anna is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood through Young Adult Library Media. She has a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, Library Media and Technology, and most recently in Administration and Leadership.

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Casandra Workman

Casandra Workman has been a CCSD teacher for 17 years, with a Bachelor's of Science in Education with a focus on English, and a Master's in Technology in Education. She is co-president of the Southern Nevada Society of Journalists, and has advised yearbooks at Shadow Ridge and Centennial High School, and newspapers at Morris Sunset East and Shadow Ridge High Schools. She was recognized as a Certified Journalism Educator (CJE) in 2012, and hopes to expand journalistic achievement in Clark County and promoting the importance of yearbook and newspaper programs. She currently teaches Graphic Design at Centennial, and in her spare time, she likes to watch Big Bang Theory, take pictures, and try new things. She has four furry children: her dogs, Darcy and Newton Winston, and her two cats, Reese and Jasper.

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Denise Snow

Currently Denise M. Snow is the Program Lead of Web Design and Development at Southwest Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada where she is the advisor of SWCTA Cyber Patriot Club, SkillsUSA and K-Pop dance club. She is a founding member of the Computer Science Teacher Association Silver State in which she is the current Historian and Webmaster. Denise is also the current Vice President of Information Media Technology division of Nevada Association of Career and Technical Educators (NACTE). She has been honored as 2018 Las Vegas Affiliate Educator Recipient of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing and was a Heart of Education Finalist along with earned teaching certifications from Google, Apple, and Adobe. Before teaching Denise M. Snow spent over 17 years in the business industry of Marketing and Design. She graduated from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri with a Bachelor Degree in Graphic Communication with a Minor in Computer Science. She later earned a Master of Education degree through Argosy University. For over eight years Denise Snow was a full time graphic design instructor at The Art Institute of Las Vegas (AILV) where she was honored in several aspects of teaching. Some of these include faculty member of the quarter voted on by the students, was selected to be a graphic design instructor for the Study Abroad program in Berlin, Germany for 2 semesters, and has received many “instructor of the quarter” awards. Some of her former work experience in Social Media and Design was as an Art Director or Graphic Designer for The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Nevada Advertising, Keystone Marketing, Toshiba, and Apple. Her project experience includes print, marketing and interactive advertising, visual merchandising, trade show displays, environmental design, website design and development, brochures, newsletters, social networking and catalogs.

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Jordana McCudden

Jordana McCudden is beginning her 19th year teaching, and is a Teach Plus Nevada Teaching Policy Fellow. She begins as a Peer Assistance and Review Consulting Teacher in the fall of 2018. Through the end of the 2017 - 2018 school year, Mrs. McCudden taught web design and introduction to multimedia at Canarelli Middle School in Las Vegas, where she served as the School Organization Team chairperson, was chair of the technology department, and completed the Teacher Leader Academy fellowship with the Public Education Foundation. Previously, Mrs. McCudden taught US history, world geography, and elementary school. She has received two nominations for the Smith Center Heart of Education Award and has twice received the Distinguished Star Award in her school performance zone. She earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California, Riverside and a Masters in Teaching from St. Martin’s University.

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Tanya Cooper

In her 20th year with CCSD, Tanya Cooper is a Reading Strategist at Robert Taylor Elementary School. She has been an Instructional Coach, ELL Specialist, and in charge of newcomer programs for grades 1-8 at various points in her career. Tanya has a Master's degree in TESL from UNLV and is currently working on her Educational Leadership degree through the American College of Education. In her free time she loves to travel with her family, likes to shop at Macy's on 34th Street in New York, and loves Disneyland and Disney World.

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