My name is Gina Howard and I am honored to serve as the Principal of Herbert A. Derfelt Elementary School. I have worked at Derfelt Elementary since 2013 as an assistant principal and then as a principal. Prior to being Derfelt's Assistant Principal, I worked as a special education project facilitator serving as a mentor and instructional coach for new special education teachers. As a project facilitator, I have worked with hundreds of new teachers, and by training them effectively with intensive support; I have had a positive impact on thousands of students within the CCSD. Before becoming a special education project facilitator, I was a classroom teacher for ten years in the CCSD.
I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Special Education from the University of Oklahoma. After graduation, I moved to Las Vegas and started my teaching career. My Master’s Degree in Special Education is from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In constant pursuit of learning and positively impacting the students of CCSD, I pursued and earned an Education Specialist Degree from Nova Southeastern University. Derfelt is an important part of my twenty-nine year educational career within the CCSD. I am honored to serve the Derfelt community.
I am an avid sports fan with a soft spot for the Oklahoma Sooners. My family is a huge part of my life. I am a dog lover and currently have a dog-named Benny that I enjoy spending time with and walking daily. I also enjoy reading.
As Principal, I am continually striving to be an inspiring leader that positively impacts all teachers, staff members, parents, and students in order to promote life-long learning. My goal is to promote student growth and achievement. This is achieved by providing a safe caring environment that continually strives to give students optimal opportunities for growth and a well-rounded education. My pledge to you is to put students first. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Gina Howard, Principal
Herbert A. Derfelt Elementary School
My name is Jasmine Cole, and I am so thrilled to have the privilege of serving the community of Herbert A. Derfelt Elementary School as the Assistant Principal. Previously, I worked as a Math Learning Strategist where I partnered with administrators, teachers, students, and families to ensure that students demonstrated success while learning math. I supported classroom teachers by assisting them with administering effective math lessons and providing engaging activities so all students had the opportunity to learn. I promoted a positive learning environment that focused on academics by working with students, reviewing their progress, and helping them reach the next steps in their educational journey in order for them to demonstrate growth. I also partnered with families to help learning continue at home. Prior to becoming a Math Learning Strategist, I was a Special Education Instructional Facilitator for three years. Before then, I was a classroom teacher for nine years. I have spent my entire educational career in the Clark County School District with the majority of it being at the elementary level, however I briefly worked at the secondary level.
Educationally, I attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education. Additionally, I attended Southern Utah University earning my Master’s Degree in Education and Sierra Nevada College earning my second Master’s Degree in Education Leadership.
I was born in Rochester, New York, but I have spent most of my life in Las Vegas, Nevada. I enjoy nothing more than spending time with family and traveling the country with my husband Daniel. I love cooking, trying new recipes and restaurants, and being outdoors.
As the Assistant Principal, I seek to lead our community of staff, students, and families to greatness by building everyone up around me by helping them identify their strengths. My objective is to foster growth, so all students demonstrate academic achievement. I believe that every student is capable of success, and they should feel safe and comfortable in their learning environment and excited to learn. I also believe that communication is key when developing strong partnerships, so please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Jasmine Cole, Assistant Principal
Herbert A. Derfelt Elementary School