Hello students and families! I am Burkholder’s school counselor for 6th graders (last names M-Z) and all 8th graders. I have a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in counseling. I have been working 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, Mrs. Bush and I are here to help students learn the skills necessary for academic, career, and social/emotional development. To learn more about the role of a middle school counselor go to:
Counselor (Department Chair)
Hello Burkholder Jaguars! I am the counselor for 6th grade A-L and 7th graders. Please feel free to email or call us with any questions. We are proud to be recognized as the first and only CCSD secondary school that is RAMP (Recognized American School Counseling Model Program) certified. We provide many services for our students including classroom lessons, small group, individual, student recognition programs, system support, and crisis response. We are here to support your educational needs and to help you reach your highest potential. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us. I am proud to be a Jaguar. This is my 25th year in CCSD, and my 30th year in education. Prior to becoming a school counselor in 1995, I was a special education teacher in Arizona and in Ohio. Born and raised in Northern Ohio, I am a proud Youngstown State graduate (GO 'GUINS). I was humbled to be inducted into the Youngstown State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 where I was fortunate to have played volleyball and had my education paid in full; hard work does pay off! Most importantly, I am married to Tim Bush and we have two amazing children. Tim is a former Marine and is currently an Adapted PE teacher for CCSD. Korina, our oldest, is a veteran of the US Army and currently works as Intelligence Analyst. She is married to another veteran named Matthew and they have two amazing cats. Elise, our youngest, is a former Jaguar herself and played soccer at Foothill School and with Heat FC. She is currently playing soccer at Youngstown State University, where her dad and I went to college. She is a political science major. Lastly, I have a Jack Russell Terrier (or Terrorist) named Kasey that at 13 lbs, believes she runs the household. When I am not at school I enjoy playing tennis, pickleball, working out, and watching Vegas Golden Knights.
English-Language Arts Strategist (Department Chair)
My name is Mrs. Sellinger and I am pleased to be part of the Burkholder staff. I am proud to say that I have been a teacher in Clark County School District for over twenty years. I am a graduate of Oregon State University. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Early Childhood and I also received a Master’s Degree from Southern Oregon State University in Education with an emphasis in Reading. I was raised in the Boulder City and after graduating college was happy to return to the area to teach and raise my family. I enjoy spending reading and traveling with my family. I am dedicated to the success of all students and look forward to working along side Burkholder families.
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!
My name is Alexis Groth. I am Burkholder’s School Social Worker. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. I have been a Social Worker for over 15 years. I am originally from Washington State and moved to Las Vegas in 2007. As a School Social Worker I am here to assist with family issues, mental health concerns, coping with stress, and issues at school. My goal is to assist students and families with identifying and addressing obstacles while identifying solutions.
In my free time I love going to Disney with my family and reading.
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!