I worked for Nye County School District for eleven years. The last six years I was at the district office in the technology department as a Technology Data Technician-PowerSchool Administrator and through a grant in 2005 I worked for University Nevada Reno -CNETC (Central Nevada Educational Technology Consortium) teaching computer skills to rural communities. For fun the Director of Special Education and I started Special Olympics for school age athletes in Pahrump as an avenue for our EH students to participate in sports and I actively coached for eleven years and was honored to be a Nevada coach at the first National games in 2006. I have an amazing husband, four wonderful children and love living in Northern Nevada and all the hunting and fishing it has to offer.
I was born and raised in California and it was there that I attended Delta Community College and went for my secretarial certificate. I had my first job as an Administrative Assistant to a department manager at American Savings and Loan Company. Due to cost reduction layoffs, I moved to Reno and married the love of my life, Stephen.
We have 4 children; 3 girls and one son that have all grown up and moved away. We currently have 4 grandchildren with one more due in July of 2010.
Ever since I can remember, I have loved being involved with children and their learning process. I went to work for Washoe County School District in 1995 as a teacher’s aide. After one year, we moved our family to Elko. In September of 1997, I was hired to work in the cafeteria at Elko Junior High for 5 years. I received an injury and was put into the position of a teacher’s aide once again. For two years I had the wonderful pleasure of working with Special Needs students and then placed into my own classroom to do Study Hall for seven additional years. I found a real passion for helping students with their homework, school projects and getting organized.
This past summer, I was given what I consider to be an opportunity of a lifetime to get back into the Administrative Assistant role. I became very excited and nervous at the same time and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute I have spent with E.I.A.A. getting to know the students, the parents and the wonderful staff.
Together… my husband and I love to fish, hunt, camp, garden, and ride our dirt bikes in the hills of Elko. When alone my favorite pastimes are reading, sewing, walking, and being with my family.
I was born in Elko Nevada and graduated from Spring Creek High School. I love living in Elko and plan to be here for a long time. After graduating from high school I always knew I wanted to be in a field where I could help kids. While attending the University of Nevada Reno I worked in the pediatric department at St. Mary’s Hospital and as a teacher at Sierra Kids. Through these experiences I decided I wanted to pursue a future in education. I graduated with my Bachelors in Elementary Education from Great Basin College and my Masters in Administration from Grand Canyon University. I taught both 1st and 3rd grade for a total of six years and am going on my third year as an administrator. I love working at EIAA and love all that we stand for. We have a great staff always striving to grow and provide our students with a solid, well rounded, and up to date education.
Ms. Perkins’ Mission Statement
My mission as principal of EIAA is to motivate, inspire, and support my teachers and students by providing a safe, secure loving environment full of trust, respect, compassion and empathy to allow teachers and students to think critically, embrace challenges, develop their special talents, and promote self-efficacy.
I recognize parents as the primary educators and believe that good parent-teacher relationships are necessary for maximum school success.
I believe all teachers and students have their personal strengths that need to be respected, built upon and celebrated.
I believe learning should be meaningful and driven by student needs and the common core standards.
I believe it is not only important to help students grow cognitively but also emotionally and socially.
I graduated from the University of Texas - Tyler with my BS in Nursing. Before I left Texas, I was on the volunteer fire department for 13 years. I have worked in Med/ Surg, Peds, OB, Labor and delivery departments, as well as home health nursing. I was the Nurse Manager for 6 years at Elko Women's Health Center before finding EIAA. I have two grown sons and a wonderful daughter in law. I am very proud to be a part of EIAA!
I was born in Reno, Nevada a very long time ago and raised in Lovelock, Nevada where the founder is my 4th great grandfather. (so yes, the roots run deep!) I am an only child raised in a whole family of teachers. Both of my parents dedicated more than 42 years each to the profession and most of my cousins all followed suit. I was determined to change courses!
I attended the University of Nevada-Reno where I obtained a business degree. I worked for the City of Lovelock for 13 years before moving to Elko to become the City Clerk. I held this position for eight years when I decided that I would fulfill a life-long dream by opening my own business in downtown Elko.
I opened Simple Pleasures Bed and Bath in 2005. In 2007, I was asked if I would be willing to substitute teach, which turned into a full-time need. In 2009, I decided to go back to school to obtain my degree in education. In 2012, I closed the store and began this new venture in teaching. (yes, I definitely got the "I told you so's" from my family!)
I began my teaching career in 2012 at EIAA in the fourth grade. The following year I moved to the middle school teaching reading, writing, and social studies, which I LOVED! Reading and history have always been a passion of mine, so this became a dream job for me. This coming year, 2016-17, I will begin teaching math, instead of social studies, which makes me extremely nervous and excited at the same time.
In September of 2015, I started working towards my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, which I just completed. I have no regrets about the career paths I have taken, although, I have found that teaching has brought me so many more moments of pride than any of the other careers I have chosen. Watching the constant growth students make while discovering the possibilities that lie ahead of them is something that I charish everyday.