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Meet Our Nevada Connections Academy School Leaders

Christine Dzarnoski

9–10 Principal

Christine Dzarnoski

School Principal Christine Dzarnoski began her journey with Nevada Connections Academy in 2015 as a fifth-grade teacher. She is proud to be principal and lead a team of dedicated educators. Mrs. Dzarnoski shares her story below:

“Becoming an educator was something that I wanted early on in life,” said Mrs. Dzarnoski. “As a child, I experienced and observed the love that a teacher has for students by watching my mother teach preschool. The excitement and joy that she showed could be witnessed by anyone who walked into her room. I also had amazing teachers throughout my elementary years that modeled determination to help struggling students, the drive to make a difference, and leadership qualities that I knew I wanted to embody as an adult.

“One of our top priorities at Nevada Connections Academy is creating a positive environment for all community members. We believe in building positive relationships from the start, having ongoing communications, and holding various events throughout the school year where everyone can attend in person. We want to be available and present so we can continue to build and foster those connections made with our families and staff.

“I enjoy the relationships that we make with students and how each day brings something new. Helping students explore, ask questions, and challenge themselves beyond their limits is the most rewarding part of my job.”


  • Master’s degree in education administration, Sierra Nevada College
  • Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, University of Nevada, Reno

Kathryn Vaughan

11–12 Principal

Kathryn Vaughan

School Principal Kathryn Vaughan joined Nevada Connections Academy in 2014 because of her love of helping kids and her desire to help them reach their full potential. Mrs. Vaughan shares her story below:

“I love being a part of the Nevada Connections Academy team because it offers a fantastic opportunity for teachers and staff to create positive relationships with students and parents and ensure student success both in and out of the classroom.

At Nevada Connections Academy, we’re a family. Our students, parents, staff, and community are all part of the family. We foster a supportive environment through various in-person field trips and events throughout the state of Nevada, which provide students the opportunity to connect with other students as well as enrich their learning experiences for success now and in the future.

As an online school, Nevada Connections Academy offers a unique opportunity for students to engage in quality instruction and learning by integrating traditional teaching with innovative technology. It also allows students to have a deeper, individualized approach to their learning based on their specific needs.”


  • Master of Science, Educational Leadership, Kennesaw State University (GA)
  • Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education, English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas