Little People’s Head Start (LPHS) Staff
Welcome to LPHS staff page. Meet Little People’s Head Start (LPHS) staff and learn about the ones who love and care for your children. Biographies for administrators, teachers, and support staff are included. Here you can get to know the people who love working with you and your children. Please feel free to browse the biographies and become acquainted with our staff.
My name is Cassie Carlstrom. I am the Program Director at Little People's Head Start. I have my bachelor's degree in business administration and my master's in education--instruction and curriculum. I have worked at Head Start since 2015; however, my history with Head Start started fourteen years ago when my son attended Head Start. I was actively involved on the Policy Council; Head Start has always had a special place in my heart. I enjoy many aspects of my job especially learning new things in the Head Start world. The best part of my day is visiting each of the the classrooms and seeing the children in their natural environment. Seeing the children comfortable and happy affirms why Head Start is such a marvelous program and a great asset to our community. I have lived in Ely for over 30 years, am married, and have one son. I enjoy being outside, golfing, camping, fishing, and spending time with my family and friends.
Assistant Program Director
My name is Jesee Meyers. I have my Associate of Arts in business. In the spring of 2017, I also received a certificate in human resources and a certificate in accounting. I am a daughter, sister, aunt, mother, and wife. My family is the most important thing to me. I have worked at LPHS since February 2015. I was hired on as a consultant for the finance department. After a year of consulting, I accepted the position as Fiscal Manager. Over the next year, I started learning about the different areas of Head Start. In June 2017, I accepted the position of Assistant Program Director. I love Head Start and what it provides to both children and families in our community.
Education/Disabilities/Mental Health Manager
My name is Linda Garcia. I am the Education/Disabilities/Mental Health Manager for Head Start and Early Head Start. I have my BA in social science, AA in early childhood education (ECE), AAS in ECE, and an AA in ECE. I have worked for Head Start since September 2003. My first 11 years at Head Start I spent as a teacher in the classroom. The thing I enjoy most about my job is helping the teachers improve their teaching strategies so their students can have a wonderful educational experience at HS/EHS. I enjoy embroidering, binge-watching TV shows, and spending time with my family (grandchildren).
Family Service Manager
My name is Christina Burdick. I am the Family Service Manager at Little People's Head Start. I have been in this position since 2016. I enjoy working with the parents and their children. I do all of the enrollment for the program and help the parents set goals. I have taken several classes in early childhood education, and I am certified in first aid and CPR.
Health, Nutrition, and Safety Manager
Hi, my name is Joy Asher. I have worked at LPHS since February 2012 as the Health, Nutrition, and Safety Manager. I have lived in Ely for over 20 years. I am an experienced EMT working as one for nine years in Nevada and six years in Idaho. I love working with the children here at Head Start. They are a true blessing to be with. In my spare time i enjoy reading, hunting, fishing, and being with my family. I also volunteer with the county and city fire departments.
My name is Crystal Williams. I joined Little People's Head Start in 2016 as an administrative assistant. I received a promoted to the fiscal department and am now the Fiscal Manager. It has been a great experience getting to work with the staff and watch the children that attend this school learn. I have a family and live in Ely. I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors.
WIC/Family Resource Center Manager
My name is Laura Ruesch. I am the WIC and Family Resource Manager. I have been a part of the Little People's Head Start team since October 2005. I was born and raised in Utah where I graduated from Weber State University with a nursing degree. I met my husband at college, married, and moved to his hometown, Ely. We have three grown children and six grandchildren. After living in Ely for five years, we moved to Fairbanks, Alaska (via Winnemucca, Nevada). I loved the beauty and lifestyle of Alaska. In 2005, we moved back to Ely to be closer to family. When I'm not talking about nutrition and breastfeeding, assisting families with their needs, or loving on everyone's babies, you can find me with my family, enjoying my grandchildren, traveling, reading, camping, or watching reality TV.
Hello. My name is Nichole Caldwell. I started my journey here at Head Start LPHS/EHS as the Administrative Assistant. Recently, I moved into the classroom as a teacher's aide. I love creating bonds with the children and their families. One of my favorite things is when I see a child outside of Head Start and they acknowledge me and run up to give me hugs. I also love seeing the children learn new things. I love how involved with the community LPHS is. In the fall, I plan on taking some business courses to help me perform my job better. I was a stay at home mom for most of the last 15 years and was also a preschool worker for 5 years. I also had my own in-home childcare business for 7 years while my kids were little. Once they were all in school, I started working at Head Start in October 2017. I have lived in Ely for eight years. I am married and have four children. I'm originally from a small town in Northern California. I enjoy watching baseball, camping, being at the lake with my family, and crafting.
My name is Kamolrose El Jankaew. I have a bachelor's degree in world history from Thailand, but I love being around children and want to be a teacher. I enjoy cooking and socializing with my co-workers at Little People's Head Start!
Hello, my name is Janelle Wheeler. I am the teacher's assistant in Head Start Classroom #1 the "Little Hoots." I have worked at Head Start since August 2015 and have my CDA. I have two kids whom I love spending time with. I love reading!
Hello, my name is Mikka Miller. I am the Head Teacher in Head Start Classroom #1--"Little Hoots." I have worked for Head Start since August 2014. I have dual associate degrees--an Associate of Arts in early childhood education and an Associate of Applied Science in early childhood education (ECE). Currently, I am working on my bachelor's in early childhood education. I have a beautiful daughter whom I enjoy spending most of my time with. I also enjoy being with my family, being outdoors, playing slow-pitch softball, reading, and coffee!
My name is Melissa Castillo. I'm originally from Fresno, California. I moved to Ely in June of 2016. I have raised three children and am helping to raise my three step-children with my husband. I have education in early child development and education and have 14 years of experience working with children professionally. Currently, I am a teacher in the Early Head Start Program for LPHS. I am also working on continuing my education by working on my CDA.
My name is Linda Kelly. I started at LPHS in 2000 as a cook's assistant. Recently, I accepted a position as cook. I have always enjoyed cooking, and I take pride in my work. I love to see the amazing changes and progress that the kids at Head Start and Early Head Start make form the time they enter the program until they leave for Kindergarten. I was born and raised in Ely and married my high school sweetheart. We have two children, four grand children (ages 9-24), and one great-grand baby who is almost two. Spending time with my grandchildren is my greatest joy in life. I love dogs, drinking coffee, and reading.
My name is Alisha Gorecki, and I am an infant/toddler teacher in the Early Head Start program. I have been working in childcare for about 13 years now and have been employed at Little People's Head Start for approximately 10 of those years. I have worked with children 0-18 years of age and have absolutely loved getting to know each and every child and their families. I've had my CDA (Child Development Associate) since 2003. I am currently working on my Associate of Applied Science in human services with a certificate in substance abuse counseling at Great Basin College. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my teenage daughter, playing board games with family, reading, and cooking.
Hello, my name is Esther Elizabeth Ortiz Gonzales. I was born in Las Vegas and moved to Ely in 2006. I'm currently working at Little People's Head Start as a toddler teacher. I have been a teacher for about one and a half years. I enjoy my job each and every day. I love that I get to come to class to spend time with my kiddos. I love making a change in their lives. I received my CDA in April, 2017. Currently, I am enrolled in classes and continuing my education.
Hi, my name is Tami Hutchinson. I am the youngest daughter of Philip and Sherry Spencer. I grew up in Hiko, Nevada where I graduated from Pahranagat Valley High School in 2011. After graduation, I moved to St. George and attended Dixie State University for two semesters. In 2012, I moved to Ely, Nevada to be closer to my high school sweetheart. I married my high school sweetheart, Riley Hutchinson, in 2013. Recently, after much hard work and dedication for the last six months, I earned my CDA. I have also decided to return to college in the coming months to earn a degree in early childhood care.
When I'm not working, my favorite things to do are spending quality time with my husband and family, watching baseball, and playing softball. I love animals; I have two dogs--Maverick and Goose. I also have a guinea pig named Rikki who visits the school every now and again. Growing up, I loved playing sports, camping, hunting, fishing, and family vacations.
Hi, my name is Kathlyn Noriega, and I have worked at Little People's Head Start for years. I started out as a volunteer in 2009. After graduating from high school in 2014, I began working as a substitute. At this same time, I was going to college for early childhood education in Elko. I worked part-time at GBC Child and Family Center. In 2015, I was hired as a full-time infant/toddler teacher here at Head Start. I moved back to Ely and continued working towards my double associate degrees. I also have my CDA.
In May 2017, I graduated with an Associate of Applied Science with an early childhood emphasis, and my infant/toddler associate degree as well. This year, I will be teaching in the infant room. I am now working to become a certified trainer for our center. I have a great passion for learning new things and know that there is always room to grow. I want to help other teachers learn and grow alongside me. I am always excited to share with others what I have learned.
Hello. My name is Teresa Braun Wise. I was born in Ely, Nevada May 3, 1962. My parents are Martin and Betty Braun. I have eight siblings--seven sisters and one brother. I attended kindergarten through third grade at East Ely Grade School and fourth through eighth at Sacred Heart School. I attended White :Pine High School 9th-12th grade. I have a CDA and some college education. I married Allan Wise. We have three children--two daughters and one son. We also have one grandson.
After graduation, I worked at the Ely Co-op Preschool for two years as a teacher's aide. I did home day care for about three years. I worked at Early Head Start for nine months as an extended care aide then I worked as an infant/toddler teacher for three months. I have been working with children ages 3-5 at Head Start since September 2006. I worked as a teacher's aide for 8 years and then moved into a teacher position. I enjoy working with the children and my coworkers at Little People's Head Start.
Hi, my name is Shana Southhall. I'm married and have four children. I am a teacher in the Early Head Start program. I have an associate degree in early childhood education. I have a passion for teaching. I also enjoy fishing, hunting, painting, and weight lifting. I hope to get my bachelor's degree in early childhood education.
My name is Jasmine. I have been living in Ely for almost two years now. I recently got a teaching position at LPHS. I teach 1-2 year olds and love my job. I am currently working toward getting my CDA and am close to making it happen. Aside from work, I am a full-time mom to a three year old boy.
Head Start Early Head Start Employment Application
Hi. My name is Jessica McLean. As a child, I attended Head Start. Now, I am the head teacher in Classroom 3. I've been working at LPHS since October of 2017. Currently, I am working to obtain my CDA. In the fall, I plan to start taking college courses so that I can receive my Associate degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE). My favorite thing about working at Head Start is being able to interact with the kids. I also really enjoy watching them expand their knowledge.