A Few of Our Department Heads

We level the Playing Field for All Whom we Serve

Cami Taiwo, BS, MAT, MAEL/

Official Charter Trustee President

"Equipped with a Bachelors in Science of Psychology and Biology from Roosevelt University on the beautiful lakefront of Downtown Chicago, Illinois, and then moving on to Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois for the first Master's Degree in teaching; this would lead to a fulfilling two decade career in some of Chicago’s toughest schools. With the completion of a 2nd Master's coursework in Educational Leadership at Concordia University, this would lay the foundation for administrative training. Followed by the completion of 200+ field hours of leadership work for an endorsement for Principal and Building Administrator at Sierra Nevada here in the great state of Nevada, I have been in the business of human service with multi-state teaching and leadership experience for nearly 20 years.  Education equals hope, and so do self-empowerment. When we help to fix the foundation for kids, it strengthens the entire scaffold thereby giving them a fighting chance to change their lives once they are able to make impacting, and life changing choices for themselves. When the precarious circumstances complicating the lives of children are not of their own choosing, what we offer are self-empowerment, hope, and cutting edge resources to strengthen a weak academic foundation in order to forge new beginnings."

David Hines, BSBA, CPA/

Official Charter Trustee Treasurer

"I am a Nevada CPA specializing in tax preparation, client accounting, and financial statement preparation services for small businesses and individuals in the Las Vegas area. I have five years of experience in the public accounting field. I am member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2012, and my Master of Accounting from Florida Atlantic University in 2019. 

Prior to my work in public accounting, I worked as a paralegal for a bankruptcy law firm. I am a firm believer in the Mind Your Books Charter School Mission, Vision, and Diversity Statements, and I am committed to bringing these goals to fruition."

Larissa Cardenas, BA, MS/

Proposed Charter School Board Member

Special Education/Autism/General/ Click Here

"Received B.A. in Religious Studies from California State University, Northridge and a M.S in Special Education from National University. Working with at-risk youth is challenging and rewarding, having worked in the juvenile justice system for the County of Los Angeles as a Resource Teacher and teaching after-school classes to help students incarcerated in juvenile detention centers pass the GED exam, I have extensive experience serving youth with emotional disturbance and other learning disabilities including Autism. I love to work with students who need the most help, and I look forward to being of service to help disenfranchised youth reach their educational goals."

Stephanie Johnson /

Official Charter Trustee Secretary

-Owner of Steppingstone Behavioral Solutions, Reno, Nevada

"Providing child and family therapy is a goal for our united work. I'm extremely dedicated to caring for children's mental health needs. My primary goal within our proposed charter is to help with children's mood disorders, behavioral or mental health challenges at school and home. I have 10 plus years of volunteering and mentoring At-Risk High School children within the community. I have developed tutoring programs based on the child's academic needs, along with mindfulness education. I strongly believe in the mission and vision of Mind Your Books because we share the same precepts about mental health and education. We believe that every child has the right to dream, to discover, and establish their unique potential. I pledge to be the light in any child's life that I may encounter."

Sham Lewis/Proposed Board Member

CEO of TSO Financial Services/Financial Literacy/Music/Sports

"Time Space and Opportunity Services was founded in 2018, but that was not the birth of TSO Services. Trial, error, and experience are the best teachers and I have experience in coaching, playing sports, vocal instruction, performing arts, financial literacy for adults, and more. My unique life experiences have led me to Mind Your Books Charter School. Teaching the principles of financial literacy to children is one of the most important lessons they can learn. The values and vision of this charter school are in alignment with those of my company and I’m honored to be a part of this journey to bringing forward more financially literate young adults in our community."

Lamont Colquitt, BA/

Proposed Charter School Board Member

Educator/Music/Sports/Discipline/Mentor/  Click Here

"I've been teaching for 13 years with experience as an interim administrator. I enjoy my calling in the field of education because I now make a difference. I'm also a basketball and football coach. I believe children of trauma deserve strong mentorship."

Sharnay Okeke, BA, MA/

Proposed Charter School Board Member

"I completed my Bachelors in Special Education with a specialty in the spectrum of Autism at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. I went on from there to earn my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. I went from working in the schools to providing services in the community as a BST and PSR Provider simultaneously. From there I became an International educator. I have been in the business of human services, education, and international education services in the U.S. and China for 15 years. I have a desire to inspire before I expire! I believe in the Mission and Vision of Mind Your Books, and our sister company for social-emotional wellness;  Spirit & Mind Behavioral Services, because they both echo my philosophy. We really do what's best for kids and that's what this is all about. They are who this is for. "I believe the children are the future. Teach them well and let them lead the way..."

Sean Jackson, BS

Studio Recording Class/Chess Club/Piano Lessons/Science & ELA Education/Community Worker/ K-Adult Click Here

"I completed my Bachelors of Science in Biology at Truman State University in 2017. I have a unique love for Science, Metaphysics, Forensics, recording original beats, writing music, playing Ragtime and Classical piano, and also working with kids. I love the combination of academics and creative arts to inspire our youth. When learning is made fun, and accessed from a rhythmic energy, knowledge becomes understanding and learning becomes effortless."

Steven Jackson

Sports/Mentor/ Community Worker

"I have been playing sports my entire life, and one thing that always made me feel good as a player was helping kids evolve in their game. I have seen kids change their entire lives around just by being involved in a sporting activity. A lot of kids turn to sports to stay out of trouble, and also use it as an outlet to feel they can express themselves without being judged. I want to be able to bring kids together and keep them away from violence, to bring a community together and to help build life long friendships, and to help kids reach their goals."