Administration

 Jhone Ebert-Superintendent of Public Instruction

Jhone Ebert-Superintendent of Public Instruction

Governor Steve Sisolak appointed Jhone Ebert as the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Nevada Department of Education in March 2019. Ebert is a life-long educator with executive-level expertise in state and district education administration. She has demonstrated a commitment to working collaboratively with teachers, school and community leaders, and other stakeholders to create policies that are consistent and feasible while providing flexibility for adaptation to diverse students, geographies, and educational delivery models.

From 2015-19, she served as the senior deputy commissioner for P-20 education policy at the New York State Education Department. In that role, Superintendent Ebert was the senior education policy advisor to the state commissioner and Board of Regents, leading policymaking and programs affecting teaching and learning from early childhood through postsecondary education, or P-20. During her tenure, graduation rates in New York increased and achievement gaps narrowed.

Previously, Ebert served in the Clark County School District (CCSD) for 25 years, most recently as chief innovation and productivity officer and chief technology officer. Ebert served in a variety of leadership roles within CCSD and began her education career as a mathematics teacher in Las Vegas.

Superintendent Ebert’s career in education is rooted in the belief that the agenda is unfinished until every single child is thriving and has a clear pathway to success in school and life. If not for the opportunities that school afforded her, her own educational and career journey would have been much different. At a time when classrooms are growing more diverse, it is critically important that students have access to adults who not just look like them but whose personal histories exemplify the power of schools to change lives.

Ebert is the recipient of numerous professional honors and awards, including the National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network 20 to Watch, the CCSD Excellence in Education Hall of Fame Award, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, and the Fulbright-Hayes Program scholarship. Ebert received her Master of Education in Instructional and Curricular Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from California State University Fresno.

Executive Team

Felicia Gonzales - Deputy Superintendent for Educator Effectiveness & Family Engagement

Felicia Gonzales is the Deputy Superintendent of Educator Effectiveness and Family Engagement for the Nevada Department of Education. Felicia previously served as a School Associate Superintendent for the Clark County School District. Prior to her appointment as a School Associate Superintendent, she opened the Southwest Career and Technical Academy (SWCTA) as the principal in 2009. During her tenure, she experienced great success and achievement at SWCTA, becoming the first one-to-one iPad school in the Clark County School District and implementing wall -to-wall project-based learning. She has a progressive philosophy towards technology and career and technical (CTE) education, formerly serving as a member of the Nevada Governor’s Workforce Development Board Information Technology Sector Council. Her prior teaching and administrative experience includes working with at-risk students in public comprehensive high schools and the opening of a ninth grade academy with an emphasis on individualized learning and the introduction of career and technical education (CTE) pathways. A native of Las Vegas, Felicia Gonzales is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a graduate of Rancho High School.

 

 

Heidi Haartz -Deputy Superintendent for Business and Support Services

Heidi Haartz serves as the Deputy Superintendent for Business and Support Services for the Nevada Department of Education, overseeing the state’s Distributive School Account which is the largest state appropriation in Nevada’s general fund budget.

Heidi’s state service began with the Nevada State Health Division, where she worked as the Child and Adolescent Health Coordinator, a Management Analyst, and the Manger of the State’s Public Health and Hospital Preparedness and Emergency Response programs. Heidi also served as a Program Analyst for the Fiscal Analysis Division of the Legislative Counsel Bureau. Most recently, Heidi has served in various roles at the Nevada System of Higher Education, including Budget Analyst and Interim Budget Director.

Heidi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education from the University of Nevada, Reno and earned a Master’s in Business Administration at Morrison University.
Jonathan P. Moore, Ed.D.-Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement

Jonathan P. Moore, Ed.D.-Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement

Jonathan Moore, Ed.D. is the Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement the Nevada Department of Education. Jonathan began serving in this role in November 2018. Under the leadership of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jonathan oversees the offices of; Assessment, Data, and Accountability Management; Career Readiness, Adult Learning and Education Options; Early Learning and Development; Special Education; Standards and Instructional Support; and Student and School Support. Jonathan previously served as the Deputy Associate Superintendent of K-12 Academic Standards at the Arizona Department of Education where he played a major role in the adoption of the state’s academic standards for English Language Arts (2016), Mathematics (2016), Science (2018), and Social Studies (2018). Jonathan also led a team of his colleagues in the state’s initiative to redesign its system for MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) among other initiatives. Prior to this role, he was a Principal of a K-8 school in South Phoenix where his students showed significant improvements in Mathematics and Reading. Also under his leadership, teacher effectiveness and teacher retention improved. Jonathan served as a 2007 Teach For America Corps Member. He earned a bachelor’s in Political Science and International Studies from Loyola University Chicago. He also earned a master’s degree in Secondary Education and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Innovation, both from Arizona State University.
Gregory Bortolin-Public Information Officer

Gregory Bortolin-Public Information Officer

Greg Bortolin was appointed as the Public Information Officer in February of 2016. He is the Department of Education’s communications contact for media relations, social media and public records requests.

Greg is a Trustee for Sierra Nevada Journeys, a nonprofit that delivers innovative outdoor, science-based education programs for youth to develop critical thinking skills and to inspire natural resource stewardship.

Greg spent the first 10 years of his career in journalism, principally as a sports writer at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In 2001, Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn appointed Greg as his Director of Communications and Press Secretary. Greg spent nearly 15 years in the Nevada System of Higher Education, first as the Manager of Media Relations at the University of Nevada, Reno and later as the Director of Communications and Government Affairs at the Desert Research Institute.

Greg is a product of the Carson City School District. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Contact:
775.687.9201

Jessica Todtman-Chief Strategy Officer

Jessica Todtman was appointed as the Nevada Department of Education’s first-ever Chief Strategy Officer in July 2019. In that role, she works directly with the Superintendent to develop and implement agency-wide initiatives, foster collaboration among the Department’s offices, and expand external partnerships.

Jessica was most recently the Chief of Staff in the Office of P-20 Education Policy at the New York State Education Department, where she promoted staff development, enhanced stakeholder engagement, and facilitated collaboration between K-12 districts and institutions of higher education. Previously, she served as policy advisor to the Chancellor of the State University of New York, coordinating messaging and sharing best practices among the system's 64 campuses. Over four years at SUNY, her portfolio included public-private partnerships, economic and workforce development, federal relations, marketing, and launching the NYS Master Teacher Program which supports a professional learning community of outstanding STEM teachers. Prior to joining SUNY, she served in the executive office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in his current capacity, as well as when he served as State Attorney General. Jessica holds a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College.

Sarah Nick-Management Analyst III

Sarah Nick joined the Department of Education after learning about their Fastest Improving State in the Nation vision and supports the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Strategic Planning and legislation. A longtime educator in Title I and English Language Learning classrooms, Sarah received a Golden Apple for Outstanding Instruction in South Florida before supporting a large school district with the underrepresentation of minority students in Gifted and Talented identifications, standards-based assessment, and consolidating their student information system among other intrapreneurial projects. Her time in classrooms included coaching teachers and student teachers to use data to inform instruction and manage classrooms. Sarah holds a BA in Economics from Wake Forest University and a MsEd in Education Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania.