Jennifer Risser - Art
Hello! My name is Ms. Risser. I am a National Board Certified Art Teacher with over a decade of teaching experience. I have been teaching Art at Bailey Elementary School since it opened. I love teaching Art to kids, because they are so full of interest, excitement, and creativity. It is inspiring to watch them discover new artmaking techniques, be inspired by famous works of art, and share their creative ideas.
I grew-up in Pennsylvania, and I graduated from Seton Hill University in 1997 with a BA in Art Therapy. I first received my K-12 Art Teaching certification in 2005, before moving to Nevada in 2006. I knew teaching Art was right for me, after my student teaching experience many years ago. My mentor teacher advised me to jump right-in, which I did! Seeing the students bring to life my lessons, in such beautiful and creative ways, was the best experience!
As an artist, my favorite art form is painting. I enjoy painting with other artists on the weekend. It is fun for me to talk about art and share ideas with other artists. I have more paintings than I know what to do with!
Matthew St. John - Computer Science
Hello Bailey Families! My name is Matt St. John, and I’m excited to be your child’s technology teacher for yet another year here at Bailey Elementary.
I’m originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and back in 1982, when I was just a kid, my family decided to get out of the cold and move to Las Vegas, Nevada! Having been here for almost 40 years, I feel like a native. I love living here, and when I’m not spending time with my wife and kids, I enjoy mountain biking, playing drums, and writing music.
This is my 21st year teaching for CCSD. I graduated from UNLV in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and received my Master’s Degree in Technology Integration in 2009. I taught 3rd grade for 12 years and was also an ECS and a Technology Learning Strategist. This will be my 6th year teaching Computer Science.
While in my class, students will practice a variety of technology skills including keyboarding and mouse skills, digital citizenship, internet research, multimedia, productivity tools, Google apps, coding, and much more. It is my hope that all students finish each school year with a much better understanding of how to use computers safely and efficiently as well as why it’s important to know how to use a variety of technologies in this digital age.
Our class webpage is www.protopage.com/mjstjohn. If your child has computer access at home and would like to review some of the activities we have done in class and/or practice some additional skills, feel free to have him/her access the site. Also, please feel free to access the site yourself to see what your child is working on in our class throughout the year. I'm looking forward to another great year as a Bailey Bronco!
Mike Vanides - Library
Hi there! My name is Mike Vanides and this is my 8th year as a Bailey Bronco. I grew up in Southern California and came to Las Vegas after being offered a teaching position at Bailey. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Chapman University and my Master's Degree from Concordia University. I have taught 4th grade as a classroom teacher, and have been the librarian for the last two years.
My life outside of school pretty much revolves around sports. I grew up playing and watching sports, and that has pretty much carried over to my adulthood. My favorite teams are the Dolphins (football), Clippers (basketball), Kings (hockey), and Angels (baseball). I have also coached basketball for 16 years. The other love I have is animals. I have two cats, Creamsicle and Misty Mae, but I think that all animals are wonderful.
As the librarian, my goal is to provide research reading and writing instruction for all grade levels. In addition, to create a library catalog that has a plethora of books for all student interests to increase reading enjoyment and engagement.
Liz Smith - iReady
Hello Bronco Families! 2020-21 will be my third year being your child’s i-Ready Specialist, Mrs. Smith :-) I was born in Nayarit, Mexico. My family moved to California when I was six years old. I grew up in Southern California. We moved to Las Vegas, NV in 2001 and have been proud Las Vegans ever since! At home, I love hanging out with my family, listening to music, and watching sci-fi. This summer I found out I am going to be a Grandma for the first time and I cannot wait to meet my Grandbaby!
I am a UNLV Rebel with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. During my 13 years as an educator for CCSD, I have taught 5th and 6th grade, and have been a Guest Teacher for all grades K-12. Being a Specialist at Bailey has been my favorite position at CCSD because I get to see all students. I love being your child’s i-Ready Specialist and coaching them through their individualized learning paths.
To learn more about i-Ready, go to i-Ready’s Family Center at
https://i-readycentral.com/familycenter/. It is exciting to see your child progress through their individualized math and reading lessons. My favorite part is handing out Certificates of Achievement and Growth throughout the year for your child’s hard work! I love being an educator and meeting our leaders of tomorrow!
Devonte Woodson - PE
What's up! It's your coach, the Coach Woodson! I am thrilled to be the PE Teacher at Bailey Elementary. Originally, I am from Washington State and moved to Las Vegas after completing my Masters in Teaching degree from Washington State University. This will be my fourth year with CCSD and Bailey Elementary. I enjoy watching the transformation in youth and have spent the past nine years of my life coaching! I have worked with college and even professional athletes. I am a firm believer that every child should have the opportunity to grow through organized sports.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, playing basketball, and doing anything outdoors! I hope to see you at a Bailey Sports Event soon! Go Broncos!
Greater Youth Sports provides affordable after school sport leagues, camps, and tournament opportunities for students at Bailey ES. This year 1st - 5th grade students will be able to recieve sports balls and after school virtual sports programming to stay physically active! Find more information about the start of the program at greateryouthsportsnv.org.