"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

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Mrs. Berman

SCHOOL COUNSELOR & TEACHER (Reading and Literature)

Ms. Berman was a gifted educator and facilitator for 26 years in the Clark County School District. Her experience in the field of gifted education began in 1981 as a teacher/specialist and she has been part of the growth of the GATE program in the public school system. Mrs. Berman earned a Master’s degree in school counseling in 1983 from UNLV and has developed innovative programs for families of gifted students and their parents. Mrs. Berman was SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) certified in 2003 and has coached parent and student groups. In addition, she has created the curriculum and course work for the Nevada State Gifted Endorsement Program at Sierra Nevada College and taught several foundation courses for new GATE specialists. Allison was part of a team of GATE specialists that developed the Scope and Sequence for the CCSD GATE Program in 2005 and has presented at national and local conferences on various topics related to gifted education.

Ms. Berman’s experience and passion for gifted students is prominent. She is excited to work be staring her fifth year working at Nasri Academy for Gifted Children. Her goal is to guide students to meet their academic and social potential. She is continues to look forward to serving the educational needs of gifted learners in our community.

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Mrs. Frye

Teacher (Math,Pre-Algebra)

Mrs. Frye was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. For the past 20 years she has taught K-12 exclusively in the Chicago Public School District. She has taught several of the primary and intermediate grades and she has taught World and U.S. History.  She was a Social Studies Instructional Specialist for Johns Hopkins University for seven years.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from National Louis University in elementary Education. Her Master’s Degree was obtained from Concordia University in the area of Curriculum and Instruction as well as School Leadership. 

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Dr. Stauffer

Physic and Geometry Teacher

Dr. Robert H. Stauffer Jr. is so excited to be part of the Nasri family. In his younger days he traveled to Japan to study martial arts and received his black belt while in Japan. He went off to college and when he was a sophomore he met his future wife. They were both 17 at the time. Dr. Stauffer was a gifted child and then is a member of Mensa. He has been published and is best known for his publication in The Physics Teacher. It was about how to measure the speed of light in your microwave at home. The lab is still being done at universities from Nairobi, Kenya to Sydney Australia. Dr. Stauffer has taught either high school or college for 30 years and he was an adjunct professor of statistics at CSN. Currently, he writes a column for Companion Animal Magazine on endangered species. To help protect endangered species in Nevada, Dr. Stauffer became a registered lobbyist and fought for the passage of Assembly Bill 83 to make the few remaining moose in Nevada a protected species.

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Dr. Mirnabi

Teacher (Coding, Robotics)

Dr. Mirnabi He received B.S. degree in Software Engineering in 2007. His field on M.S. and Ph.D. are Information Technology-Network Engineering from the IT department of QIAU and NASRA in Armenia. He has taught Computer courses for B.S. and M.S. students at universities between 2009 and 2015. He was a judge of two International Computer Science conferences in 2011 and 2012.

In 2016, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as a PostDoc-Research Scholar. He researched WSNs, Data Mining, Bio-Data Mining, Cloud Computing, Fog Computing in the past 10 years. He has written articles on Network and IT, which was published in Journals such as:  IEEE, Elsevier Journals,  and conferences. He has a coach the Robotics and has helped at Nasri Academy for Gifted students  2018-2019 and 2019-2020. 

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Mr. Kubetz

TEACHER (Unit Social Study)

Mr. Kubetz has joined Nasri Academy for Gifted Units Educator and Robotics. After receiving a degree in Human Development from the University of Wisconsin, he began his career in education with CCSD in 1990. Fourteen years was spent as an elementary teacher. Mr.Kubetz then moved into gifted education and was a GATE teacher for grades 3, 4, and 5 for six years. The past ten years he has been a Gifted Education Program Specialist. This position allowed him to work with highly gifted students from Kindergarten to grade 12. Mr. Kubetz also has worked with parents, teachers, counselors, and school administrators to make sure that the educational and social emotional needs of the gifted students were met. Mr. Kubetz will be on campus regularly in November after he retires from CCSD. Many of our parents have already met Mr. Kubetz, he was one of Nasri Academy’s presenters during the ʹ2019-2020, Parent Education Program. When asked about his goals he answered. “I am passionate about the social and emotional growth of my students as well as their educational growth. My goal has always been for students to be able to identify problems, seek solutions, and persevere when they do not succeed. I feel the best way to do that is to build a strong trusting relationship with students and their families. It brings Mr. Kubetz joy to help children develop to their potential. He is looking forward to working with everyone at Nasri Academy for Gifted Children”

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Ms. Berlin

Teacher (TK-Kindergarten)

Ms. Farrah Berlin teaches TK/Kindergarten in reading, ELA as well as the 1 & 2 graders in reading and ELA. She also teaches other related subjects. Ms. Berlin has been an educator in The Las Vegas Valley since 2008, spending the first six years working in kindergarten in independent schools. Ms. Berlin holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Administration. She also has a Master’s Degree in Special Education.

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Mrs. Kidd

SPANISH TEACHER

Mrs. Kidd is thrilled to be back teaching Spanish at Nasri Academy for Gifted Children. Since the time Mrs. Kidd was in elementary school, she has had a passion to learn different languages and cultures. Her mother is from Santander, Spain and her father is from Mexico City. She speaks Spanish, French, Italian and English. Her family owned a private school in Mexico, where her passion for teaching children began. Mrs. Kidd enjoys learning, teaching and motivating others toward achieving their dreams.  Mrs. Kidd previously worked at the Mexican Consulate which enriched her career in many ways.  Her philosophy is “the more languages and cultures you learn, the broader your horizons will be.”  Mrs. Kidd believes that language learning should be fun in order to increase retention and engagement. She likes to implement the TPRS method in her classes. She loves spending quality time with her husband and their two sons ages 19 & 13. They enjoy going to basketball and baseball games together. Mrs. Kidd also enjoys running with her German Shepherd dog and working out. She is a passionate BYU Cougar fan. Mrs. Kidd believes that every student can be successful at learning a new language, so here we go school year 2021-2022!

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Mrs. Hall-Young

TEACHER ( English Language Arts, Literature, and Writing Teacher)

Mrs. Leena Hall-Young has joined the Nasri Academy for Gifted Children this school year 2020-2021.  Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and raised for the majority of her life in Jacksonville Florida, she became an educator in 2007 where she graduated from the University on North Florida with a B.A. in English Education.  She has dedicated the last 13 years of her teaching career to the same community that she grew up in and has made it her mission to help students release their full potential. She has taught a range of students of varying abilities over the years from Standard English, Honors English, and College classes. One of her favorite classes is the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) General Paper course which is an international curriculum and examination system that emphasizes the value of broad and balanced study. Alongside in-depth understanding of a variety of subjects, students also learn to master a broader range of skills critical for success in university study and employment.  She has enjoyed a multitude of roles as an educator such as serving as an ELA Department Chair, Lead ELA Teacher, helping to create professional learning communities among teachers, supporting first-year teachers by providing mentoring, participated in Marathon High as a coach to train secondary students to run a half-marathon in support for breast cancer, taught and supported students for after school clubs such as Girls Inc. and Cultivating Creativity in the Community where students can create different works of art and become entrepreneurs by monetizing their finished products, and lastly, she was named Duval County Teacher of the Year in the State of Florida for the School Year 2020-2021.  

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Mrs. Irons

TEACHER  (Math and Art)

Mrs. Irons is thrilled  to be joining the educational team at Nasri Academy.  Throughout her school years she was identified and took part in gifted and talented programs and was eventually inducted into Mu Alpha Theta (math honors). She believes it is relevant to mention  that though she was considered gifted by official  assessments, her *working knowledge* of math was average to poor…until there was this one math teacher who changed everything. Moving into math honors status it gave her the insight to the critical importance of a teacher who gets the subtleties of identifying learning gaps and meeting students where they are.
Mrs. Irons was raised primarily in Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended Georgia State University and subsequently taught art & music. Mrs. Irons and her family moved to Las Vegas where she formed Akan Academy. She then taught her gifted and talented children K-12 in an accelerated style curriculum, which she designed. Her students completed their education at  the age of 12 and began university in Los Angeles, earning their degrees at 17 years age.
 

She has a deep and sincere passion for teaching.  Mrs. Irons tutors students from all over the country, primarily in music, math and language arts.

Her love for teaching is apparent, she feels that given the opportunity to pour knowledge into children academically is an organic way, while speaking to their social and emotional learning. She believes that as an educator it is her  responsibility to figure out each student’s learning language, meet them where they are and move forward with them being encouraged, confident and delighted by the mere process of learning. Mrs. Irons has been married for 31 years and has 4 adult children who are making contributions to society each in their own way. 

She has stated that she looks forward to working with Nasri Academy, the faculty, parents and the students while they walk this portion of the road of successful lifelong learning.

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Mrs. Pavelka

ART Teacher

Mrs. Pavelka has worked professionally as an artist and instructor (for children and adults) for over three decades. She specializes in numerous mediums and has taught throughout the world. She is an author of several books and has been a frequent contributor/columnist for numerous magazines. She has been featured on several television shows (on HGTV, PBS, and DIY Networks) and can currently be seen on various YouTube channels. 

Her signature product line for crafters and artists is sold in over 60 countries. 

Mrs. Pavelka’s artwork can be seen locally at the ART2Art District in Tivoli Village and on her websites: www.lisapavelkaart.com and www.lisapavelka.com.

Her primary passion is sharing the love of creativity through teaching. Mrs. Pavelka believes that everyone Is an artist in their own right and that we just have to find our canvas(es). Her goal as a teacher is to help students realize this by exposing them to various mediums and creative processes, while enhancing their confidence through art.

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Mr. Akana

Music and Theater

A 15 year music teacher, started with Nasri Academy spring semester 2021. Mr. Akana, Character Ed. specialist, teaches multiple instruments and brings his award winning Drumline, Jazz Band, theater experience to Nasri academy.

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Coach Levik

Physical Education 

Coach Levik started coaching and teaching in 2000. His passion is coaching 4-12th  grade  girls and boys volleyball. He also has been a collegiate women’s volleyball coach at Los Angeles City College!  Coach Levik has been named coach of the year 4 times.
He is very excited to share his Physical Education teaching experience with the students of Nasri Academy.

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Mr. Peerenboom

TEACHER (History, Math Assistant) Support Staff

Mr. Peerenboom graduated from UNLV with a B.A. in History. While attending UNLV he studied abroad in China and was a moderator at a national convention in Montreal Canada. Anthony aims to use the experience gained by working at Nasri Academy to obtain his masters in secondary education sometime in the future. He has a passion for working in the educational field, which was greatly impacted by one of his friends/mentors at UNLV.  He is honored and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Nasri family and for the experience that comes with it.