LYAL BURKHOLDER MIDDLE SCHOOL

355 W. Van Wagenen, Henderson, NV 89015

Phone: (702) 799-8080

Fax: (702) 799-8088

Hi, I am Ms. Julie Morlacci, and I’m the principal secretary at Burkholder MS. I was born in Buffalo, New York and moved to Las Vegas when I was a kid. I’m a graduate of Vo-Tech and attended UNLV. I've been at Burkholder MS for over ten years and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Jaguar team and I’m also honored in making a difference in the life of your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Thanks and have a blessed day!

Office Manager

Julie Morlacci

Hi, I am Mrs. RC Jimenez, the assistant principal secretary and banker at Burkholder MS. This is my 8th year at Burkholder MS and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Jaguar team and help our students with questions or any concerns. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me anytime! 

AP Office / Banker

Arcelia (RC) Jimenez

Hello! I am Ms. Claessens, the Registrar. I was born in Southern California and shortly thereafter moved to Hawaii. My family continued moving while I was growing up; I attended 14 different schools in five different states before graduating in 1973. This allowed me to learn about many people and cultures. I attended Pierce College after graduating from high school in California. Marriage and children became my life in the mid 70’s. I returned to college in 2000 attending Missouri Western State University and Clark County Community College, which became College of Southern Nevada; working on a History/Geography major and an English Literature minor.  I started working for the CCSD in 1986; I spent over 5 years subbing K-12. This is my 5th year working at Burkholder…probably the best gig ever…besides being a “grandmomma.” If you have any questions or concerns about Registration or Transcripts, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks so much and have a marvelous day!

Registrar

Joleen Claessens

Greetings Jaguars! I am Kim Deputy. I am an assistant to the Dean's Office, Attendance Office and Health Office. I was born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in the Sacramento, CA. area. I went to High School and College in Tucson, AZ. I moved with my family to Las Vegas just before turning 21. I worked for the DMV for almost 10 years, and was a school crossing guard for 3 years with The City of Henderson Police Department. I started with CCSD in 2015. This is my 6th school year with my Burkholder family. I have a beautiful, smart and talented 10 year old daughter who wants to be a Doctor or a "Movie Star".

Attendance Office

Kim Deputy

Hi my name is Janelle Johnson. I was born and raised in Las Vegas and have since been living in Henderson ever since. I have work for CCSD for 11 years and started out as an Instructional Aide at Sandy Miller Elementary. I then transferred to Basic Academy as one of the Campus Security Monitor.   After 9 years, I followed Principal Hunter to Burkholder and am excited to be part of this fantastic team.

Campus Security Monitor

Janelle Johnson

Born in Santa Cruz CA, raised by wolves, traveled the world, I currently have only one wife and one daughter. I’m proud to serve and protect the students of Burkholder MS.

Campus Security Monitor

Steven Craig

I am originally from Alaska, but I love living in Nevada. I take care of all of the technology on campus and keep the Chromebooks in tip-top shape. I have a wonderful wife and baby with another baby on the way. I am happy to be part of the Burkholder family.

Site-Based Technician

Dennis Gongos

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.

Physical Education Aide

Belinda Smith

Here’s mine: Hi all! I am originally from New Jersey and went to college at the University of Arizona in Tucson. I lived in Queens, NY for more than 5 years before moving to Henderson in 2005. Most of my career has been working for non-profit agencies. I’ve always believed in supporting youth and families in our community. It’s been my pleasure to work with the Burkholder students since 2017. One of my favorite things is being the assistant coach for girls basketball! Go Jags!

Instructional Assistant

Shaun Mollica

Specialized Programs Teacher Assistant

Zoe VanDeVeer

Specialized Programs Teacher Assistant

Ryanne Mark

Hello Jaguars! I am Nicole Stefanski, Battle Born and raised here in Las Vegas, Nevada. I attended Vo-Tech which is now called Southeast Career Technical Academy and CSN. I have been in the school district for five years in the special education department. I am excited to be working on building a better future with our young adults.

Specialized Programs Teacher Assistant

Nicole Stefanski

Specialized Programs Teacher Assistant

Desirre Cavasos

Howdy,  My name is Michelle Bryner and I'm from Sunny California, I moved here in late 80's so I feel like a Nevada native. I've been with CCSD for 6 years working as a SPTA III/ I.A. and love working with children.  This is my 3rd year at Burkholder M.S. I'm married with 2 sons.  In my off time I enjoy Yoga, reading, Genealogy, and hiking.

Specialized Programs Teacher Assistant

Michelle Bryner

Hello, I was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico in 1975. I have 2 brothers and 1 sister. My parents and siblings live in Calexico, CA. I attended kindergarten through high school in Mexicali. I moved to Calexico, CA in 1993 and continued my schooling at Imperial Valley College. I graduated from college in 1996 with an A.S. in Administration of Justice. I got married in 1997 and moved to Las Vegas, NV in 1999. I have one 19 year old daughter. Here in Vegas I worked as a security officer in some casinos for several years while attending classes at UNLV. In 2003 I decided to quit my security job in the casino and started working as a full time custodian at Coronado HS. Later I got promoted to Head Custodian at Alamo ES. I have worked at several schools in Clark County through the years. In 2014 I got hired at Burkholder MS as the new Head Custodian. I take great pride on keeping our school looking the best every day for our awesome students and staff.

Head Custodian

Amaliel Hernandez

Custodian

Israel Hernandez

I was born in Las Vegas and attended Foothill High School. After graduation, I worked in the casino industry for a bit, then moved into custodial work for CCSD. I have been a custodian with CCSD for 3 years. In my spare time, I like to relax with my family. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you around campus.

Custodian

Roberto Gonzalez

Hello there, I was born September of 1984 in Bakersfield California. I am the middle child of 6 kids with ages ranging from 38 to 23. I was raised in Lancaster, California until I was 11 years old. Our family took a vacation every year together, we would usually go to the beach, go surfing, make sand castles… all the fun stuff! I moved to Las Vegas and went to William E. Orr Middle School for 6th grade and then moved to Henderson and went to our very own Burkholder Middle School!! I graduated from Basic High School with the class of 2002, I was in cross country and track every year since I was in 3rd grade and I had the pleasure of having Coach Larry Burgess and Coach Tondryk coaching me throughout high school with my running. I was also in weight training and set several records for my weight class in Benching and Dips. One of which still stands at Basic High School! I then started my career at IN-N-OUT Burger for 14 years. After graduation I moved to Arroyo Grande, California and tried out the beach life. When I realized that didn’t work out I moved back to Henderson, settled down and had my son who is now 10 years old. I have been working for the school district for 4 years, 3 of which have been here at Burkholder Middle School as a custodian!

Custodian

Joseph Bell

Hi....my name is Gail Gerard, Kitchen Manager here at Burkholder.  Ive been with the district for 11 years..after moving here from California. I had a catering business in California before relocating to Nevada.  I went into private schools that had no lunch program and introduced them to our food services, starting their lunch program and stayed with them for a year.  I moved to Nevada to be closer to my family and have been here at Burkholder ever since.  I was the opening manager when the school was rebuilt and am still excited to call Burkholder my home.  

Food Services

Gail Gerard

Support Staff