Midori Silvan - KIDS Program
My name is Midori Silvan. This is my third year teaching as a KIDS program teacher at Sister Robert Joseph Bailey Elementary School. I was born and raised in Japan. I have two siblings who still live there with our parents. I lived in California for 20 years and moved to Las Vegas 6 years ago. I worked with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and high school students in California for 10 years. This will be my 7th year with CCSD. I taught first grade, students with special needs in 3rd to 5th grades, inclusion preschool classroom, and KIDS program. I am now beginning my fifth year of teaching Early Childhood Special Education including working with preschool students with Autism.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Child Development from California State University of Sacramento. I hold certifications of Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education as well. I finished my Master’s in Special Education in Fall, 2020.
My family includes my husband, Jim, our two boys ages of 24 and 26, and our dog named Duke. When we get together we like to go eat at a restaurant with various types of ethnic foods, watch movies, and travel together. I like to play with my dog, cook, and listen to a variety of music for my free time.
I am excited to be your child’s teacher this year. I am looking forward to working with you and getting to know your child. Preschool students develop their skills including Social, Emotional and Behavior/ Cognitive and Readiness/Language and Communication/ Fine and Gross Motor Skills through playing, singing and participating activities with friends. We will have a lot of fun learning together !
Ruben Perta - SEIF
Hello, Bailey Bronco Families! My name is Ruben Perta. I am the Special Education Instructional Facilitator (SEIF) at Sister Robert Joseph Bailey Elementary School. This is my fourth year as Bailey’s SEIF, and my fifth year overall as a SEIF. In this position, I oversee the special education department at Bailey. There are about 100 students at Bailey with IEPs (special education programs), and it is my job to advocate for them and ensure that their needs are being met. If you have any questions regarding special education, I am happy to meet and discuss all of your concerns.
I was born in Chicago and spent the first 20 years of my life there. I then attended Grand Valley State University in Michigan, where I earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in Broadcast Journalism and one in Political Science. In 2007, I moved to Las Vegas, where I worked as a substitute teacher for 2.5 years, guest teaching in every grade from preschool to 12th grade, as well as in many special education programs.
In 2010, I began my career as a licensed teacher for CCSD as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher. I taught the little ones for seven years before becoming a special education facilitator. In Vegas, I earned two master’s degrees – one in Special Education from UNLV, and one in Teaching General Education (K-8) from Sierra Nevada College. As a side job, I also tutor children of all grades at libraries in Clark County through a tutoring program called Andson Learning.
In my spare time, I love watching and following sports. Being from Chicago, I am preferential to their sports teams (Bears, Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks), but I also like the Golden Knights and Las Vegas Raiders. I am a sports historian (all of baseball, basketball, football, and hockey), and a big movie buff, and also enjoy keeping up with current events in the world of media, entertainment, and politics.
I love working with Bailey’s students, and look forward to another great year as a Bailey Bronco.
Michelle DAmico - GATE/TAGS
Hi Broncos! My name is Michelle DAmico and I’m happy to be at Bailey ES for my third year as the GATE and TAGS teacher. I was born in Santa Clarita, CA and moved to Las Vegas when I was in kindergarten. I went to CCSD schools from grades 1-12, attending Charlotte Hill, Cannon JHS, and Silverado HS. I graduated from UNLV in 2007 and began my first year of teaching in August 2007. In my 14 year teaching career I taught 6 years in 2nd grade, 1 year in 5th grade, and 2 years in 3rd grade. After I taught 3rd grade, I decided to branch out and teach GATE. I love it so much that I’ve been there since.
I spend most of my free time with my husband while we chase around our 5 year old daughter. When we aren’t in Disneyland or gardening in our backyard, I’m reading. Reading is my favorite thing to do at home. Last summer I read 4,200 pages!
In GATE and TAGS, we will be doing tons of projects and deep thinking. I will always help to guide you and I promise to adjust our learning to make sure you get exactly what you need in our class.
Sarajean Baldwin - Speech
Sarajean Baldwin, M.A. CCC-SLP is a Speech and Language Pathologist in the district. She has worked as an SLP for 10 years in the Las Vegas area, and for 2 years at Sister Robert Joseph Bailey Elementary School. She was born and raised in South Dakota. She attended the University of South Dakota where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders, and her Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She has completed internships in Maryland and Minnesota, where she gained experience in the school setting, and skilled nursing facilities. She also has experience working in a private practice with voice and swallowing disorders, as well as cognitive therapy. She thoroughly enjoys working with the students at Bailey Elementary School, and is looking forward to the future at Bailey. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding with her family in South Dakota, visiting theme parks, and fostering Beagles with the Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation.
Alysia Turner - Occupational Therapist
Hello! My name is Alysia Turner and I am excited to begin my third year as an Occupational Therapist for Sister Bailey Elementary School. I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, and attended the illustrious Tuskegee University where I obtained my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. I moved to Las Vegas in September of 2019 and began my first school assignment as an occupational Therapist. I am excited to see what the new year holds and the wonderful faces I will be able to influence in a positive way.
In my free time I love to try new foods, visit family in Alabama, and spend quality time with my niece and nephews. I sleep often when I am able and love to play volleyball whenever I am able. I also coach underprivileged girls during the summer with affordable volleyball camps. I love being around children and teaching them important values and skills that could assist them later in life. I am the second oldest out of four and always seek family time to spend with my immediate family as much as possible. Hopefully the future will allow a wonderful school year and fun time with all the staff and students. Go Broncos!!!!!
Michelle Nathan - Psychologist
My name is Dr. Michelle Nathan. I graduated with PH.D. in Educational Psychology from UNLV and have been a School Psychologist with the school district for 16 years. One of my favorite quotes is "Every child deserves a champion - An adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be" by Rita Pierson. I strive to be that champion for all students. For fun, I like to spend time with family and friends, hike, ice skate, and build with LEGO.
Jennifer Boske - SLD
Hello, my name is Jennifer Boske, and I am excited to be in my fourth year as the intermediate SLD teacher at Bailey Elementary. This is my 6th year of teaching and my fifth year teaching intermediate SLD.
I was born and raised in Las Vegas, not too far from Bailey Elementary. I attended UNLV for my undergraduate degree, which is in psychology. My teaching credentials were obtained through Sierra Nevada College.
l still live in the neighborhood around Bailey Elementary with my husband and three kids. In my free time, I like to read, play games with my kids and go on family adventures. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Nilo Agustin - Resource
Bio coming soon....
Shanna Lising - Primary Autism
Hello! My name is Shanna Lising. I am delighted to be your teacher. I moved to the USA five years ago to pursue my passion of teaching. I was raised and born in the Philippines. I’ve been teaching for 9 years as a Special Education Teacher. This school year is my fifth year in Clark County School District (CCSD) as well as in Bailey ES. It is a privilege to be a part of the team.
My spare time is spent with my family through Facetime since I am the only one who moved to the USA. Aside from that I love to travel and explore different places, experience different cultures and activities, and meet new people and develop a wider world view.
I look forward to building a love of learning with my students and to have an exciting year!
Glenn Brisby - Primary Autism
Hi all. My name is Glenn Brisby. Teaching is a second career for me. I was in sales for 25 years in the insurance industry. After retiring, I started substitute teaching and really enjoyed working with young children. I received a Masters Degree in Special Education from UNLV and work primarily with children with Autism. I formally retired in 2016, but work as a substitute teacher in schools that are in need of a licensed teacher. I've been at Bailey as a regular teacher in the past and am now a substitute in the Autism program. Another fun fact about me is that I'm a U.S. Navy Veteran who flew in helicopters in Vietnam. I'm looking forward to another great school year here at Bailey!
Jesslyn Torres - Intermediate Autism
Hi! I’m Mrs. Torres.
It’s going to be a GREAT year full of fun, learning, and lots of adventures. I can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us and I thought you might like to know a little bit about me.
I am married to my wonderful husband, Jesse. We have two amazing kids; a 3 year girl, and a 1 year old boy. In my free time I love to be outdoors, and to spend time and play with my two dogs and two kids.
I was born and raised right here in Las Vegas, and I graduated from Rancho High School. I graduated from UNLV with my Bachelors in Special Education and then again at UNLV with my Masters in Special Education with a focus on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.
This will be my 8th year teaching students with Autism. I absolutely love teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. It is my mission to instill a love for learning in my students, and to make being at school a positive experience for everyone!
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. It is so important to keep communication open between us and I would love to talk to you whenever you feel the need. I look forward to having a great school year together.
Kalpana Singh - Resource
My name is Kalpana Singh and this is my third year teaching intermediate resource in the school district. I was born in India, where I lived and worked as a teacher for many years before moving to the United States. I joined the school district as a substitute teacher/ CTT in 2012 before getting my Masters’ degree in Special Education from Purdue University, Indiana. In addition, I also have two other Masters Degrees (one in English and one in International Education). As a teacher, I would like to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities and help them achieve lasting success in their lives. I love teaching children and interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds. I currently live in Henderson, NV with my daughter and husband.
Nicole Goodrum - Speech
Hi there. My name is Nicole Goodrum. I am one of the Speech Language Pathologists at Bailey Elementary. I have been a school-based speech language pathologist for the past 9 years. I was born and raised in Southern California where I received my Bachelor’s in Sociology from UCLA and my Master’s in Communication Disorders from California State University Northridge. I relocated to Nevada in 2020. This is my 2nd year at Bailey Elementary and I’m so lucky to be a part of such a great school and community. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, “attempting” DIY home improvement projects and taking road trips with my dog Waffles.