Marisa (Cady) Burkhardt
Counselor (Department Chair) Grades 6-8 (M-Z)
Hello students and families! I am Burkholder’s school counselor for grades 6-8 with last names M-Z. I have a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in counseling. I have been working as an educator at the middle school level since 2010 and there is no place I would rather be! I am originally from North Dakota and moved to Henderson in 2019. As school counselors, we are here to help students learn the skills necessary for academic, career, and social/emotional development. We are very proud to have a nationally recognized school counseling program here at Burkholder. To learn more about the role of a school counselor go to: https://www.schoolcounselor.org/getmedia/ee8b2e1b-d021-4575-982c-c84402cb2cd2/Role-Statement.pdf
Counselor Grades 6-8 (A-L)
Hello Jaguars! I am so excited to join the amazing team of educators here at Burkholder. I am Burkholder's school counselor for students with last names beginning with letters A-L!I became a school counselor in the 2021 school year--I appreciate your patience as I navigate this new position. I have six years of experience teaching grades 4 & 5 in the district, prior to me becoming a counselor. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in school counseling. I am originally from Buffalo, New York (Western New York) and made the move out to Vegas in 2015. I have loved all the educational experiences that Vegas has provided and I look forward to meeting you all! As we start a new school year, know that Mrs. Burkhardt and I are here to help make your middle school years run smoothly. My door is always open--please stop by to say hi and introduce yourself!
English-Language Arts Strategist (Department Chair)
I am excited to join the Burkholder team as a learning strategist. I have worked for the school district for over 21 years and have spent time teaching middle and high school students, in both face-to-face and online environments. I have also enjoyed working as a project facilitator and providing professional learning opportunities for teachers. This past year I was selected as one of Nevada's top 100 Digital Engineers for the Nevada Department of Education.
Math Strategist, Geometry
I am excited to be a Jaguar as a mathematics teacher and strategist! I earned my Associate’s Degree in Mathematics from College of the Canyons, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from CSU Northridge, Master’s Degree in Education from Claremont Graduate University, and Reading Specialist License from UNLV. What can I say...I like learning! I have been teaching mathematics for over 6 years, but my math journey started a long time before that. Working in the Los Angeles museum industry for over 10 years, I saw firsthand how mathematics was used in business operations and project management. I decided to make a career change to teaching mathematics and have not turned back.
I am proud to say that I was a CCSD student and graduate of (the original) Las Vegas High School. At LVHS I had a great anatomy and physiology teacher that introduced me to my passion for health care. I received my bachelor of science degree in nursing from UNLV in 1990. After college, I went to work as an RN at Sunrise Hospital for four years in general pediatrics and pediatric intensive care unit. In 1994, I began to work as an RN for CCSD. In 2005 I earned a masters of art in Teaching from Grand Canyon University. 2016-2017 will be my 23rd year as a Registered Nurse with CCSD!
Eliza (Van De Veer) Perez
Special Education Facilitator (Department Chair)
My name is Eliza Van De Veer. I am the Special Education Instructional Facilitator (SEIF). I have worked for the Clark County School District for 16 years. I have a Dual Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education, a Masters of Education in Special Education, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership. I started my career as a special education teacher in Laughlin, Nevada where I also taught third grade. I moved to Henderson in 2013 where I currently reside. I enjoy running, working out, yoga, and reading in my spare time when I am not spending time with my beagles and German shorthaired pointer. Puppy pictures and funny memes are always appreciated!
Hello! I am Ms. Bishop, your new Technology/STEM Specialist. This will be my 21st year with CCSD. I have a Bachelor’s degree in K-8 Education and 7-12 Grade Computer Science. I completed my Master’s degree in Technology Integration and later completed an Associates degree in Network Administration. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my three daughters. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, I spent 4 years in Hawaii as a technology specialist in an elementary school. Born and raised in North Dakota, I can definitely say that I prefer the Vegas sun over the North Dakota snow! I am looking forward to a wonderful year!