A Few of Our Department Heads

We level the Playing Field for All

Cami Taiwo

"I completed my Bachelors in Psychology and Biology at Roosevelt University on the beautiful lakefront of Downtown Chicago, Illinois. Next! Off to Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois where I earned my first Master's Degree in Teaching. Following that was my 2nd Master's coursework in Educational Leadership at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. It was in Nevada, at Sierra Nevada where I completed the 200 field hour leadership work for an endorsement for Principal and Building Administrator. I have been in the business of human services with multi-state educational experience for 20 years. When we fix the foundation for kids it strengthens the entire scaffold thereby giving them a fighting chance to change their lives if they were born into precarious circumstances not of their own choosing. Education equals hope."

Sharnay Okeke

"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 Spirit & Mind Behavioral Services because it echos 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..."

Anissa Miller

Principal, Educator, Elementary K-6 CLICK HERE

"Certified in two states; North Carolina and Nevada; as a Principal and an educator, I believe that the curriculum should be integrated and aligned to the Standard Course of Study. The teacher should reflect and adapt teaching based on self-evaluation and various learning styles of the students. It is important to establish a personal relationship with students by giving them individual attention and maintaining high standards and goals for them to reach. Each student should be challenged at their ability level. The lessons and instructional methods should be experiential, holistic, authentic, expressive, reflective, collaborative, and developmentally appropriate in order to develop problem solvers who can be fairly assessed using various assessments."

Stuart Elzy

Principal/Educator/Creative Arts/Sports- K-12 CLICK HERE

"I love working with under-served youth and bring to the program years of service and educational experience as an Administrator and Educator of General and Special Education. I participate in the arts as an actor and bring those elements into the learning experiences of our youth. My wife and I are foster parents of 4 children, and this contributes to a greater understanding of the special needs of the children that I serve at home and also professionally. My experiences as a Physical Education teacher helps me to combine learning with fun."

Sean Jackson

Studio Recording Class/Chess Club/Piano Lessong/Science & ELA Education Aide 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. "

DeMeasa Heard

K-12, College, Special Click Here

"Hi, I'm Ms. Dee! I am excited to have the opportunity to be your child's tutor. Your child's success is important to me. I am proud to be part of this most challenging and rewarding profession. I earned my master's in Education from Sierra Nevada College. I have over 14 years' experience teaching K-12 students in the area of Technology and Elementary Education. I have endorsements in the area of TESL and Computer Literacy. My philosophy is to teach from the heart while allowing students to discover their own abilities to be a scholar and positive leader in our school community. I believe that children are a gift and possess diverse talents and capabilities. I consider it a privilege to help facilitate their learning and academic growth. I believe each student learns in their own way and style. It is my goal to help encourage my students to look beyond their challenges and view the world around them as a place of learning and discovery. By doing this, I hope to instill in them a desire to become lifelong learners."

Steven Jackson

Sports

"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."

Michelle Cabral

Math and Music Educator Click Here

Classically trained musician turned math nerd. I am a licensed math educator and I have taught all math courses from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. My mission in life is to provide high-quality education to all children regardless of race, gender, or social status.