Whitney Freeman

Library Aide

Lesley Gonzalez

PE Aide

My name is Ms. Lesley and I am super excited to be starting a great year at Burkholder! I was born in Los Angeles, CA, but raised here in Las Vegas. I graduated from Green Valley High School in 2015 and again in 2019 from the College of Southern Nevada with a certificate in Forensic Anthropology (which I am looking forward to applying in my future career). My favorite things to do are spend time with my best friend of 11 years (Ms. Armstrong), paint, and care for my houseplants . I am glad to be here and excited to navigate this year.

Whitney Freeman

Library Assistant

My name is Whitney Freeman. I was born in Mobile, Alabama and moved to Las Vegas in 2001. I graduated from Basic High School in 2006. I started with the district in 2008 at Del Webb Middle School where I spent a year before moving to Newton Elementary School to be a library aide for 10 1/2 years. I married my amazing husband in March of 2020 and we have one fur baby chihuahua, Twix.

Christina Armstrong

Specialized Programs Teacher Assistant

Hi I'm Ms. Armstrong. I work in Special Education and I love working here at Burkholder M.S! I was born and raised in Las Vegas where in 2015 I graduated from East Career Technical Academy. This 2020 I graduated with an Associate's degree in Secondary Education from College of Southern Nevada. I am currently working on my Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with a focus on History. I work here with my best friend, Ms. Lesley, of 11 years. I am looking forward to this upcoming year no matter the challenges ahead.

Elizabeth Liberatore

Specialized Programs Teacher Assistant

Hello! I’m Elizabeth Liberatore, but you can call me Liz! I was born and raised in Nevada! I love it here! It is such a joy working at Burkholder in Ms. McGinty’s room!

Joleen Claessens


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!

Kim Deputy

Attendance Office

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".

Janelle Johnson

Campus Security Monitor

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.

Steven Craig

Campus Security Monitor

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.

Dennis Gongos

Site-Based Technician

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.

Belinda Smith

Physical Education Aide

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.

Shaun Mollica

Instructional Assistant

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!

Zoe VanDeVeer

Specialized Programs Teacher Assistant

Hello! My name is Miss Zoe and I couldn't be happier to be a part of the Burkholder Family. I work in the Autism Program as an SPTA and we have a blast in our class. I was born and raised in Nevada and I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. Outside of school I enjoy drawing, painting, and pretty much anything art related! I hope to see you around campus. Go Jags!

Ryanne Mark

Specialized Programs Teacher Assistant

Nicole Stefanski

Specialized Programs Teacher Assistant

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.

Desirre Joy

Specialized Programs Teacher Assistant

My name is Desirre Joy (Cavasos). I have been with the school district for over year, first as a substitute and now as an SPTA. I have been working with children for the last 6 years and I am so pleased to be a part of an amazing school like Burkholder. During my free time I love to read books, go hiking, go camping whenever humanly possible and watching any sci-fi/fantasy show I can get my hands on. I also LOVE animals! I have two dogs, 2 gerbils, a bullfrog and 4 tarantulas!

Michelle Bryner

Instructional Aide

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.

DeAngelo Walker

Head Custodian

Israel Hernandez


Roberto Gonzalez


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.

Joseph Bell


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!

Gail Gerard

Kitchen Manager

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.  

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