Kathy Ewoldt, ’11 Master of Education, ’19 Ph.D. Special Education, became an assistant professor of special education at University of Texas, San Antonio, after completing her doctoral studies at UNLV. This year, she received the Council for Learning Disabilities 2021 Outstanding Researcher Award for her 2018 dissertation, "Reverse Engineering an Expository Paragraph for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities and English Learners." To promote and recognize research, the Council for Learning Disabilities annually presents this award for an outstanding manuscript-length paper on learning disabilities based on a doctoral dissertation completed within the last five years.
Deanne Moyle-Hicks, ’93 BS Education, was named 2022 Nevada Teacher of the Year by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and State Superintendent of Instruction Jhone Ebert. She is currently a fourth-grade teacher from Natchez Elementary School, located on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, after having taught every K-6 grade level, serving as a literacy coach and coaching high school volleyball. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts and served as a 2020-21 Teach Plus Nevada Senior Policy Fellow.
Gloria (Leija) Ayala, ’93 BA Education, has worked as an educator with the Clark County School District for 27 years, during which time she earned her master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in 2004.
Paula Gehring-Kevish, ’95 BS Physical Education, combines her passions for animals and children as the author of “The Rescue Series” featuring children’s books about rescued animals. The native Las Vegan earned a master’s degree in school counseling and is retired from Clark County School District. She currently resides in Las Vegas with her husband, Steve, and is the proud mother of two children and grandmother of four. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, and traveling.
Jessica Carroll Russell, '03 BS Education and '08 Master of Education, is the Ready To Learn coordinator at Vegas PBS. She won two Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards for her work as producer and writer on two original Vegas PBS children's programs, The Vegas PBS KIDS Writers Contest Presented by Janice Allen and Vegas PBS STEAM Camp. Hiking and kayaking are her hobbies.
Dolores Mason, '96 BS Education, works for Warren County Schools in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She has one adult son. Her hobbies include gardening, restoring, reading, visiting family, and being outside enjoying the greenery. She live in Morgantown.
Vanessa Yeager Bucklin, '99 BSBA - Finance, recently published her first book, The Penultimate Step, a motivational memoir. A licensed agent and financial services professional, she founded her own insurance company, PCI Conrad, in 2013. Since then she has been a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier financial services membership for advisors worldwide. She has received multiple awards and numerous committee appointments for her leadership in the industry. She received her chartered life underwriter (CLU) designation in 2018. She enjoys outdoor activities with her family and is an avid runner who has completed 11 marathons and three ultra marathons. She and her husband, John "Tyler" Bucklin, '01 BS Education, raise their three children, Claire, Nick, and Colette, in Conrad, Montana. They are busy with their careers and their farm where they raise wheat, barley, and hay.
Joel Antwi, '14 Master of Education, an associate in the litigation group at Goulston & Storrs in Boston, has been named to the National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. The list recognizes Black attorneys from each state who are rising stars in their respective areas of the law. Antwi focuses his practice on disputes involving intellectual property, employment, real estate, and professional liability. He represents individuals, owners, trustees, and other fiduciaries, as well as a broad range of corporate entities. Before pursuing a legal career, Antwi was a high school teacher through Teach For America and interned for then-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.
Lance Patterson, '12 BS Hotel Administration, is a middle school teacher at Pinecrest Academy Sloan Canyon in Henderson. He has two children Lauren M Patterson and Liza S Patterson who are undergraduates at UNLV. Both are majoring in education.
Sam Mateo, ’16 M.Ed., authored her first book, The Coding Workbook, the first offline workbook for kids to learn web development. She used the skills gained during her curriculum design and instruction master's program to create The Coding Workbook curriculum. The workbook is perfect for at-home learning or classrooms unequipped with adequate technology to teach a coding class. It’s also an excellent resource for educators who need lesson plan support for web design. Packed with exercises, illustrations, and progress quizzes, this workbook makes coding accessible to anyone with a pencil.