School of Education forms advisory council to strengthen academic programs

By Mandi Enger

Comprised of education leaders and decisions makers in Nevada, the Nevada State College School of Education formed an advisory council of 14 founding members during the fall semester.IMG:

Scheduled to meet twice each year, the group will work closely with the dean and faculty members of the School of Education in order to brainstorm and implement both internal and external strategies that will strengthen the school'seducation and speech and language pathology programs, enhance the marketability of alumni within the state, and identify opportunities for growth.

We have asked this outside group to get behind the School of Education to help promote our goals within the community, while also providing us with valuable feedback on the effectiveness of our programs, said School of Education interim Dean Elizabeth Hawthorne. We are really appreciative of the willingness of all individuals asked to join the council.

The School of Education Advisory Council members include:

  • David Bechtel, Principal, Clark County School District, Basic High School
  • Jhone M. Ebert, Chief Technology Officer, Clark County School District, Technology & Information Systems Services Division
  • Rosemary Flores, Executive Director, Family Leadership Initiative
  • Sherrie Gahn, Principal, Clark County School District, Whitney Elementary School
  • Regina E. Goings, M.Ed., M.S., CCC-SLP, Director, Clark County School District, Speech/Audiology Services
  • Elizabeth Hawthorne, Ph.D., Interim Dean, School of Education, Nevada State College
  • Roberta Kaufman, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Nevada State College
  • Andy Kuniyuki, Ph.D., Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nevada State College
  • Meg Murray, Ph.D., Downtown Development Project, Education Team
  • Meg Nigro, Director, Clark County School District, Employee Onboarding & Development Department
  • Daniel Tafoya, Coordinator, Clark County School District, Office of Charter Schools, Latin Chamber of Commerce
  • Jose A. Vazquez Jr., Alexander Dawson School, K-4 Spanish World Language, Nevada State College School of Education alumnus
  • Kelly Walls, Nevada State College School of Education student, Speech and Language Pathology Program
  • Dale Warby, Ed.D., Department Chair and Professor, Department of Education, College of Southern Nevada

The council held its initial meeting on Nov. 6 at the college to review the school's strategic plan and discuss current regional and national issues affecting schools/colleges of education. Topics of discussion included program funding, legislation, policy and regulation.

"We look forward to the advisory council participating in NSC's continued growth, added Hawthorne. As a relatively young institution, we are still becoming who we are with the support of our community and that's exciting.