1st Grade Team

Rocio Amador

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            Hello! My name is Rocio Amador and I am thrilled to be beginning my fourth year as a Bailey Bronco! I was born in Mexico, then lived in California for 6 years. In 1996 we moved to Las Vegas which has been my home ever since. I am a proud UNLV graduate with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. This will be my 12th year with CCSD in which I've taught 1st grade all of the twelve years.

            My free time is spent with my husband and our twin daughters. We love anything Disney, playing games, and having movie nights together. We also spend a lot of our time with family and friends. 

            As your teacher, I promise that you will have a busy and engaging year, filled with challenging opportunities, flexible seating, and memorable activities. 1st grade is an amazing adventure and I look forward to embarking upon that adventure with you!

Kara Ellsworth

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            Hello! My name is Kara Ellsworth and this is my third year as a Bailey bronco! I have taught for 15 years in the district. Most of those years were in second grade, but I am enjoying a new adventure in first grade. I was born in Maryland and loved growing up in the east. I came out west for school at BYU Idaho where I graduated with my bachelors degree. I did my student teaching out here in Las Vegas and have been teaching ever since. I did go on to get my masters degree in curriculum and instruction.

            I am married with a wonderful husband and two year old daughter named Avery. In my spare time I love having adventures with my family, reading, going on a good hike, cooking, camping and going on trips. I always love to get away to the beach or the mountains.  I’m excited for the 2021-2022 school year and the adventure that awaits us in first grade.

Kathy Maple

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            Hello Bailey families! My name is Kathy Maple and I teach first grade. I have been in education for over 30 years, 9 of which were as a reading interventionist. Throughout my career I have taught in both elementary and middle school settings, as well as in California, Arizona, Nevada, and China.

            I grew up in Ontario, California with my two sisters. I also attended San Diego State University. I have four grown children, three girls and one boy. One interesting fact about me is that I taught at an international school in China from 2013 to 2015. It was a fun and exciting experience. My dog, Bridget, and I have been living in Las Vegas for 6 years.

            I love teaching first grade at Bailey Elementary School!  I hope to see you around our school. 

Jeffrey Johnson

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          Hello, my name is Jeffrey Johnson. I was born and raised in Southern California, received my Bachelor of Business at National University in 2004 and my Nevada teaching license through a master’s education program at Sierra Nevada College in 2010. This is my 7th year teaching for CCSD, I have taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. I love Las Vegas and enjoy being an integral part of the community.


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