"You can teach a student a lesson for a day;
but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning
process as long as he lives.”
Clay P. Bedford
Meet our Teaching Staff
I have designed, choreographed, and wrote an original music program for a k-12th grade students _ meeting state & federal education mandates, developing a school wide Character Education program. Along with character education, I also have experience in writing music lessons that specifically target curriculum in other areas, mastering the art of cross curriculum. I Founded the Kahiki O Tamarii School of Music, originally written & composed and performed - offering students a music education dedicated to drums & Cultures of human history on this planet -. I have the experience of growing up on stage at Sea World in many states fostering a love for music & dance- at a very young age-. I am also a media specialist, supplying all audio tech. support & equipment if needed. I have worked in team teaching situations to connect with a diverse student population. I am a big team player, with leadership skills. I have worked a few years as a counselor gaining experience in special education as well as general public schools, applying clinical support counseling. I was raised on a 80 acre ranch in northern California, where I learned the value of hard work and to work with the environment, hence my decision to obtain a degree in Env. Studies was a natural choice but music is my soul! working as a professional musician / singer / teacher here in Las Vegas has been a blessing & is why i moved back after graduation from UNLV - Polynesian drum master - drumline master - i also play most instruments & able to teach from -- I am a 15 years music teacher - accomplished award winning drumline - & concert band - I believe with an understanding of ones own past and a appreciation for all others beliefs and cultural identities, a teacher/educator can impact every student with a life long positive belief in themselves. Many things can lead a person to make “bad” decisions in life. That bad decision can be a good decision when given a chance.
With an effective positive learning environment/Programs instilled at school, we can foster accomplishment and self pride, a more well rounded learning experience. It is the utmost responsibility for us educators to ensure each student can find their own path to a success in any learning facility and be a winner. There is no room for negativity in education. When given the opportunity, we all can be a winner!
Mrs. Zeizel graduated UNLV with a degree in Economics and plans on pursuing a Masters in Education with a focus in Elementary Education. Her passion for working with children began when she started tutoring elementary and middle school students in 2017 and has evolved to working in a school setting at Nasri Academy. She started as an After Care teacher at Nasri Academy in 2019 and is now a Teaching Assistant. Mrs. Zeizel is very excited to be working in the Math Department and to help provide the gifted students the best quality education possible.
Ms. Berkhousen is originally from Michigan and moved to the west coast to attend UC Davis after high school. She currently lives in Reno, NV, and has been a science instructor for students identified as gifted and talented for over 20 years. Ms. Berkhousen has a passion for teaching science with an emphasis on STEAM education, and her specialties are high school chemistry and gifted teaching strategies. Ms. Berkhousen earned a Masters’ Degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati in the field of Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on the needs of gifted and talented learners.
In her free time Ms. Berkhousen enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, watching movies and hiking with her dogs in the beautiful Lake Tahoe area.
General Science (Nevada)
Gifted and Talented (Nevada)
CLAD teaching credential in Biological Sciences (California)
Specialist Instruction Credential: Gifted Education (California)
English Language Authorization (Nevada and California)