Administration

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Superintendent of Public Instruction

Jhone Ebert

Jhone Ebert is the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Nevada Department of Education. A lifelong educator, she began her career as a math teacher, later working as chief technology officer and chief innovation and productivity officer in Clark County School District, and as Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-20 Education at New York State Education Department. During her tenure, graduation rates increased, and achievement gaps closed. Superintendent Ebert champions equity and accessibility, seeking to close opportunity gaps and narrow the digital divide. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, she has worked to provide support and flexibility to districts and schools, while ensuring that vulnerable students receive the services they need, including nutrition services, broadband and devices, special education services, English learner supports, professional development for teachers, and social-emotional supports and resources for all community members. This work would not be possible without the relationships and knowledge gained during her 2019 Statewide Listening Tour, during which she visited all 17 school districts and the State Public Charter School Authority.

Ebert is the recipient of numerous professional honors and awards, including the National School Board Association’s Technology Leadership Network 20 to Watch, CCSD Excellence in Education Hall of Fame Award, Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, the Fulbright Hayes Program scholarship, and an ISTE Impact Award. 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.

She was appointed by Governor Steve Sisolak effective April 2, 2019, and in her role, oversee 17 diverse school districts ranging from Clark County, the nation’s fifth largest district, to Esmeralda County, with an average student enrollment of under 100 students, and the State Public Charter School Authority.

Executive Team

Chief Strategy Officer

Jessica Todtman

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.

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Deputy Superintendent for Educator Effectiveness & Family Engagement

Felicia Gonzales

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.

Deputy Superintendent for Business and Support Services 

Heidi Haartz 

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.

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Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement 

Jonathan P. Moore, Ed.D.

Jonathan Moore 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; Early Learning and Development; Inclusive 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 led a team whose work led to the adoption of the state’s academic standards for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Computer Science, all within two years. 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 one of the largest K-8 schools in south Phoenix where his students showed significant improvements in Mathematics and Reading. Also under his leadership, teacher effectiveness and teacher retention improved. Jonathan began his career as a secondary social studies Teacher. He would then become a School Improvement Program Specialist where he supported his colleagues with the implementation of a new reading curriculum followed by serving as an Assistant Principal. In addition to his teaching experience at the elementary and secondary level, Jonathan also served as an adjunct professor at various universities.

Jonathan earned bachelor's degrees 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.

Public Information Officer 

Terri Hendry 

Terri Hendry joined NDE as Public Information Officer in April of 2020. Previously, Terri served as Communications Director at the Nevada Department of Veterans Services where she was the chief communications officer and on-the-record spokesperson for the agency.

Terri has spent more than a decade in strategic communications, public relations, and public affairs for private companies, public entities, and advertising agencies. Previously she spent more than 25 years in media serving as a main anchor for the Reno, ABC-affiliate, KOLO-Channel 8 and as an investigative reporter at the Reno, NBC-affiliate, KRNV-Channel 4. She is an award-winning broadcaster and an inductee in Nevada’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Terri received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida with a specialty in Public Relations. She enjoys spending time with her family and her silver Labrador retriever, Buddy. Terri’s goal is to help Nevadans learn about the many ways NDE supports educators, students and families so every student graduates future-ready and globally prepared for success in life.

Management Analyst III 

Sarah Nick

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.