Administration & Secretaries
Principal (Physical Education, Electives)
My teaching experience started in 1995 at Dell H. Robison Middle School, where I taught both Orchestra and an English/Reading recovery class. While I was there, I took an active role as a leader on different committees and coached girls basketball for five years. I was appointed to Dean of Students at Brinley Middle School in February 2005 and then moved to Bob Miller Middle School in 2007. While at both middle schools, I took every opportunity to learn and grow as a leader. In January 2008, I was named the Assistant Principal at Liberty High School where I became the curriculum administrator. Three years ago, I moved to Desert Oasis High School where I continued my role in curriculum. Both high schools during that time saw a rise in graduation rates and an increase in college and career readiness.
Assistant Principal (Curriculum & Testing, English/Language Arts, Special Education)
My name is Melissa Mendoza. I was born and raised in South Texas. I moved to the Henderson/Las Vegas area in 2003. In 2007, I was appointed the first and only Dean of Students at the newly re-built Burkholder Middle School. Soon after, I was appointed an Assistant Principal at Western HS and then I returned to the Henderson area, Brown JHS. In 2016, I was given the opportunity to “come home” to Burkholder MS. I enjoy vacationing to sunny destinations, scuba diving, recreational hiking, kayaking, reading, as well as spending time with family and friends. I am excited to be a part of your child's educational experience as well as being a Burkholder Jaguar.
Assistant Principal Secretary (Banking)
Hello Jaguars! My name is Belinda Smith and I'm the new PE aide. I'm originally from Santa Maria, California. I graduated from SMHS in 1992, I attended Allan Hancock Junior College where I received 2 Associates degrees and played Softball for 2 years. I was lucky enough to have been offered a full ride to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to play Softball. There, I received my BA in PE and Kinesiology. I got married in 1997 and we moved to San Francisco so my husband Michael could finish his degree. While there I attended Cal State Hayward and received another BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education. We moved to Nevada in 2002 during the dot com crash and here is where I had my twins Sydney and Tristan who are now 11th graders at Coronado HS, Logan is a 7th grader and Grayson a 1st grader. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom off and on the last 17 years. I taught GED at the Women’s and Men’s prison for 3 years. The last 2 years I’ve been the PE aide at Sunrise Acres ES and loved it. I was the Long term sub for Girl’s PE in 2009 here at Burkholder MS and when the position opened up as an Aide, I had to get on board. I’m so excited to be back! In my down time, which isn’t often, I play tennis, softball, pickleball, read and watch anything on Netflix, root for the Dodgers, Mike Trout, Vegas Golden Knights, UCLA softball and the 49’ers, (soon to be a Raider Fan). I look forward to this school year and helping our students.
Assistant Principal (Activities, Athletics, Attendance, Counseling, Math, Science, Student Success)
While originally from Southern California, Nevada is home for me. After receiving my Bachelor’s from UNLV, I was hired as an English teacher at Liberty High School where I had the privilege to, not only share my love for learning with my students, but I was also involved with and passionate about helping to collect, analyze, and respond to data to improve student achievement. After receiving my Master's in Educational Policy and Leadership from UNLV, I began working on my Doctorate in Public Policy. I am a big believer in the concept of “servant leadership,” and I am dedicated to giving back to the community that has raised me. I am thrilled to serve as a partner in your child’s education!
Assistant Principal Secretary (Student Success Office, Field Trips, and Department Chair)
Hello, I am Mr. Zachary Nagy, Assistant Principal Secretary at Burkholder MS. I was born in Southern California, and shortly thereafter moved to Henderson. I attended Newton & McCaw Elementary Schools, Burkholder Middle School, and then was off to Foothill High School. Currently, I am waiting to student teacher, after my praxis. After student teaching, I plan on obtaining my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. I have been at Burkholder since the 2011/2012 school year and I am pleased to be a part of the community that I grew up in. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks!