Elementary Staff


Ms. Gustafson – Elementary Principal

Fun Fact:   Everyone knows I’m a die hard Oakland Raiders fan.

Quote:   “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford.

Ms. Ordinola – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   My go to snack is gummy bears.

Quote:   “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama


Ms. Daforno – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I’ve participated in a Disneyland parade a dozen of times.

Quote:   “When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming!” –Dory, Finding Nemo

Mr. Edmonds – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:    I work at EKA!

Quote:   “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

Ms. Khera

Ms. A. Khera – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I love to travel and I have been to three different continents, seven different countries, and plan to visit all of the States in America. So far, I have been to 8 states. I also have a key chain collection to show all of the different places that I have been.

Quote:   “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”-Albert Einstein. This quote describes my way of thinking.

Ms. Payne – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I love the smell of the desert when it rains.

Quote:   “Work for what you want!”


Ms. Lentz – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I collect pop-up books.

Quote:   “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss

Ms. Maahs – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I have visited 9 other countries and 32 of the 50 states. 🙂

Quote:   “Do unto others as you would have done unto you”


Mr. Garson – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:    I love the New York Giants and Boston Red Sox.

Quote:    “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” -Abraham Lincoln

Ms. Mills – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I love the outdoors. Camping, hiking and fishing are some if my favorite things to do.

Quote:   “Each child is unique and should be scaffolded to embark on their own individualized lifelong quest for knowledge.”


Ms. Sanders – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I love swimming with dolphins. I’ve swam with them 4 times and can’t wait to go again! I have also fed, hugged and kissed a sea lion. The dolphin kiss was better, but don’t tell the sea lion.

Quote:   “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” -Wayne Gretzky

Ms. Snyder – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   My absolute favorite Disney characters are Mrs. Potts and Chip from Beauty and the Beast.

Quote:   “Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal and not wound.”


Mr. Stauth – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I have had two open-heart surgeries.

Quote:   “It’s time for Dodger baseball!” -Vin Scully

Ms. Werblun – Elementary Aide

Fun Fact:   I love and have fun painting and carving whimsical furniture in a way that incorporates humor as well as meaning to an individual – whether it is for myself or someone else. Including smiley faces is an extra perk I give to myself.

Quote:   “Of all the things we wear, a smile and a good humor are the most important. It’s almost impossible to smile on the outside without feeling better on the inside. Life may be short but a smile takes but a second, costs us nothing, and gives much.”


Mr. Williams – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   An interesting fact about me to put with the picture and quote is that I have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, 19,340 ft.

Quote:   “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

Ms. Winterringer – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I met Brad Pitt when he was in Las Vegas making Ocean’s Eleven!

Quote:   “It doesn’t cost anything to be kind to someone.”


Ms. Whittington – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I work at EKA!

Quote:   “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X

Mr. Cota – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I have surfed, skateboarded and snowboarded in the same day!

Quote:   “give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”

Ms. L. Khera – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I have a post card from all the places I have ever visited.

Quote:   “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin

Ms. Kozelnik – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I LOVE all kinds of colored markers/pens, especially if they are scented!

Quote:   “You can’t be sad when your holding a cupcake” -Kid President

Mr. Semel – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I was in the military for 6 1/2 years

Quote:   There’s no crying in Baseball!!!

Mr. Salas Villela – Music Teacher

Fun Fact:   I play basketball.

Quote:   “Life is beautiful.”

Ms. Walker – Elementary Teacher

Fun Fact:   I’m a proud veteran of the United States Navy and one of the first women to serve aboard a combat ship.

Quote:    “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” -Malala Yousafzai

Ms. Locquiao – Elementary FASA

Fun Fact: Stockpile journey has begun 🙈

Quote: Live Aloha

Ms. Traylor – Elementary Aide

Fun Fact:   I work at EKA!

Quote:   “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin

Ms. Del-Real – Elementary Aide

Fun Fact:   I am double jointed! And pretty flexible haha.

Quote:   “Live from the heart of yourself. Seek to be whole, not perfect.” -Oprah Winfrey


Ms. Dooley – Elementary Aide

Fun Fact:   I’ve also been a massage therapist for 14 years.

Quote:   “Life was much easier when Apple and blackberry were just fruits”

Ms. R. Vivas – Elementary Staff

Fun Fact:   I was a Nevada state gymnastics champion 3 years in a row.

Quote:   “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing it’s stupid”


Ms. Stauth – Elementary Staff

Fun Fact:   I hiccup when i drink sprite.

Quote:   “Always walk with respect; be proud of who you are” -Native American Proverb

Ms. Kay – Elementary Staff

Fun Fact:   I have lived in 9 different states but spent the most time in Nevada.

Quote:   “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted”


Ms. Mata – Elementary Aide

Fun Fact:   I’ve played the viola for 11 years.

Quote:   “When something goes wrong in life, yell ‘Plot Twist!’ and move on.”

Ms. Bolton – Building A Front Desk

Fun Fact:   I work at EKA!

Quote:   “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” Albert Einstein

Ms. Kiley – Elementary Aide

Fun Fact:   I work at EKA!

Quote:   “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” George Washington Carver

Ms. Ross – Elementary Aide

Fun Fact:    I was Miss Congeniality and Miss RHO Debutante.

Quote:   “Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen not what shouldn’t.” -Michelle Obama

Ms. Thompson – Building A Front Office

Fun Fact:   I have raced dirt bikes (motocross and off-road) for 10+ years.

Quote:   “Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful” -Joshua J. Marine.

Mr. Rizarri – Elementary Staff

Fun Fact:   I work at EKA!

Quote:   “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” John Dewey