Our Leadership Team
Our seasoned leadership team is committed to ensuring the finest education possible for Nevada Virtual Academy students. Leadership team members include:
Head of School
Yolanda Hamilton has been an educator for over 20 years. Originally from Chicago, she attended DePaul University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. After moving to Las Vegas in 1996, Dr. Hamilton completed a Master's degree in Educational Supervision and Administration from the University of Phoenix and her Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Organizational Leadership. Her experience includes teaching at both the K–12 and post-secondary levels, mentoring new teachers, and leading schools in traditional and charter settings.
High School Principal
Janine Calhoun grew up in New York and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University. She started her career in education as a school counselor in 2002 after earning a master's degree in school counseling from Hofstra University. After pursuing a master's degree in elementary education at Nova Southeastern University, she spent the next eight years as a 5th and 6th grade teacher. She earned her Master of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision from University of Phoenix in 2009 and became a high school counselor for Nevada Virtual Academy in 2011. Calhoun is currently in her second year as the high school vice principal.
High School Vice Principal
Katie Kelly attended Boston University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education. She holds a Masters of Education degree in both Curriculum and Instruction and Teacher Leadership. She has served as an English and English Learner teacher, Learning Strategist, and Instructional Coach and worked at the middle and high school levels. This is her first year at Nevada Virtual Academy.
Teresa Gregory has been a teacher at Nevada Virtual Academy since 2011. She has a bachelor's degree in secondary education and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, both from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Prior to joining Nevada Virtual Academy, she taught science in both public and private institutions. She also taught teachers how to effectively incorporate technology in the classroom at UNLV. Teresa was recently an Ignite presenter at the ISTE conference and is currently the science department chair.
4–8 Assistant Principal
Tser Diamond attended Brigham Young University-Idaho, where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. She received her Masters of Science degree in Education Administration and Supervision from National University. She has served as an elementary teacher, a math and literacy facilitator, and an Instructional Coach with Clark County School District and Nevada Virtual Academy.
K–3 Assistant Principal
Mauro Lobato, Jr. has been an educator in Southern Nevada since 2009. He was granted a bachelor’s degree in English from Weber State University and master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Phoenix. He completed his K-12 administrative endorsement program through Western Governors University and is currently completing the dissertation phase of his doctorate degree through Grand Canyon University. Mauro has been in alternative education since arriving in Southern Nevada and is in his first year with the Nevada Virtual Academy.