The Nevada Collaboratory
Becky Molloy teaches 5th grade at Estes McDoniel Elementary School and has been with CCSD for 25 years. She has experience teaching grades 3-5, as well as being a Learning Strategist and Instructional Coach. A native of Granite City, Illinois, she came to Las vegas to attend UNLV where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She also has two Master's Degrees from Lesley University; Creative Arts in Education and Technology in Education.
Bonnie Hughes has been in the Clark County School District for 16 years. She has her Bachelor’s degree from UNLV and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Literacy from Nova Southeastern University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and currently teaches second grade at Sandy Searles Miller Academy of International Studies, an IB School. Bonnie is an IB workshop leader and school visitor. She recently was named Magnet Schools of America’s Regional Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Joanne Ringer
Joanne Ringer is in her 11 th year with the Clark County School District. Teaching is her second career, after coming from a background in mortgage banking. Joanne earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Management at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ms. Ringer moved to Las Vegas in 2005, and she soon became a candidate in the ARL program where she earned her Master’s in Education in Special Education. She continued her education and received a PhD in Philosophy specializing in Special Education. Her areas of expertise are Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, and Autism. Currently, Ms. Ringer teaches high school students with learning disabilities in a self-contained classroom. She also teaches classes at Touro University.
Karen Kettl is in her 25th year of teaching for CCSD. She has taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. She currently is teaching third grade at Don and Dee Snyder ES. She was born and raised in Wyoming and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Wyoming. She earned her Master’s Degree in Math Curriculum and Instruction from UNLV and loves teaching math each day. She believes in promoting student engagement through facilitating problem solving, critical thinking and discourse with her students. Her school is working with the S.T.E.A.M. philosophy, and she works hard to incorporate that into her classroom.
Keith Forbes is a fifth grade educator at Betsy Rhodes Elementary in the northwest part of Las Vegas. He joined CCSD in 2005 after teaching a number of years in the suburbs of New York. Earning his bachelor degree at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Keith is currently enrolled at Western Governors University, working towards a Masters degree in Mathematics.
Michael Everson is currently a Project Facilitator for K - 5 Mathematics. He has been an educator in the state of Nevada for 26 years. Michael has experience teaching 3rd and 5th grade. He has also served as a Math Strategist for several years before becoming a Project Facilitator. Michael is a strong believer in student-centered learning when teaching mathematics.
Monica Kolar has been a third grade teacher in CCSD for 18 years. She currently works at Goolsby ES. As a North Dakota native, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of North Dakota. She received her Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education from UNLV. Teaching math is her favorite part of the school day. She believes every student is able to solve challenging mathematical tasks when given the opportunity, and she enjoys listening to her students’ mathematical conversations.
Sharon Pearson recently retired after teaching for 30 years, 24 years in CCSD. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science Teaching, and a faculty member for Mickelson Exxon-Mobil Teachers Academy. She has traveled worldwide facilitating professional learning for teachers in the areas of math and science.