Board of Directors for the 2018–19 School Year

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Dr. Scott Harrington, Board President
Business Sector Representative
ScottHarrington@nca.connectionsacademy.org

Dr. Scott W. Harrington is currently the Behavior Specialist for Churchill County School District. He has been working with people with disabilities since 1990, when he earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology at CSU Long Beach. He earned his Master's degree in Psychology (Behavior Analysis) at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, and his Doctorate, also in Psychology (Behavior Analysis), at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Dr. Harrington has written and directed multiple projects to help individuals with disabilities live more independent lives. He is a founder of the first elementary charter school in Nevada, Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School (SNACS), and a former middle school mathematics teacher. He has presented over 40 papers on data-based interventions to assist persons with disabilities, has several publications across multiple areas, and taught at UNR in the College of Education. His research interests include inclusion, integrated employment, transition, intrinsic motivation, attitudes about disabilities, and interagency collaboration. Dr. Harrington is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D), a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis (ABA), and on several advisory boards.

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Dr. Amelia Cook, Board Vice President
Education Sector Representative
AmeliaCook@nca.connectionsacademy.org

Dr. Amelia Cook earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership and a Master's degree in secondary education (mathematics) from the University of Phoenix, and a BSBA in business management from Hawaii Pacific University. Currently she serves as a Mathematics teacher at Somerset Academy, Sky Pointe campus. Dr. Cook's experience spans over 15 years in education. She has served as a department chairperson and a School Improvement Specialist in Mathematics. Some highlights from her profession in the field of education include experiences in technology integration, STEM education, and teacher mentoring. Dr. Cook has worked closely with the Upward Bound/TRIO program at the University of Hawaii and was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Phoenix, Hawaii Campus. Dr. Cook is a nationally certified trainer with the Center of Teacher Effectiveness in the area of classroom management and with DimensionU in the area of gaming implementation in education.

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Naima Benjelloun, Board Secretary
Business Sector Representative
NaimaBenjelloun@nca.connectionsacademy.org

Naima Benjelloun earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing Leiden University in the Netherlands in 1996. She moved to the United States with her husband the year after, and since then she has been a business entrepreneur. She has owned and flipped several restaurants and stores across the country. Naima co-founded Multi-Target in South Carolina, employing over 500 people across the state.

Naima and her family have been part of Connections Academy since 2006. She is the mother of six children, all of whom have gone through Connections Academy. Her oldest four children have already graduated from Nevada Connections Academy high school and moved on to college.

Naima highly prioritizes education and has always been heavily involved in her children's education. She believes in Connections Academy's system of education and champions their "work at your own pace" mantra.

As a member of the Connections Academy school board Naima plans to continue sharing the opportunities Connections Academy provides to other parents, while doing all that she can to support the current parents, children, and teachers of Nevada Connections Academy

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Kelly McGlynn, Board Treasurer
Parent Representative
KellyMcGlynn@nca.connectionsacademy.org

Kelly McGlynn graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1998, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 14 years of experience in public accounting. McGlynn is currently president of her own company specializing in tax preparation and bookkeeping services.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants.  McGlynn became involved with Connections Academy in 2011 while searching for an alternative to public school for her then 8 year old daughter. She feels that education is extremely important but that all children learn in different ways.  It is because of this that she is happy to serve on this Board that provides children alternatives to brick and mortar schools.

McGlynn has been on the NCA Board since 2013 and currently serves as NCA Board Treasurer.

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Mindi Dagerman, Board Member
Business Sector Representative
MindiDagerman@nca.connectionsacademy.org

Mindi Dagerman, PE, earned her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nevada Reno.  She also holds her Professional Engineering License in Mechanical Engineering in Nevada.  Dagerman is the Engineering Supervisor/Design at Southwest Gas for the Northern Nevada Division.  Her department manages new business, replacement, system improvement, and meter set projects for natural gas distribution to customers throughout the division.  Dagerman is passionate about all children having access to high quality education.  She loves to see more school choice available for parents and wants to see students find a school program that supports their learning style.

Dagerman has been on the Nevada Connections Academy Board since 2008, and she currently serves as the business sector representative on the board.

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Kevin Arnold, Board Member
Education Sector Representative
KevinArnold@nca.connectionsacademy.org

Kevin Arnold is currently a 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Dilworth STEM Academy in Sparks NV. He graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in History and Secondary Education and M.Ed in Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2018. Kevin started his career in Jacksonville Florida as an AmeriCorps City Year member where he served as an near peer mentor and tutor to at risk youth. During that experience, he cultivated a strong connection to the community and took a job as an 8th Grade Humanities Teacher at KIPP Impact Middle School. KIPP is a national network of charter schools that provides a high quality educational experience to at-risk youth in dozens of cities across the country. In that year, he realized charter schools have the ability to individual one’s educational experience and provide them with opportunities that traditional public schools simply do not have the resources for. Although he teaches in traditional public school now, he appreciates the decisions of students and families to select the school that best fits the needs of the student.

As a board member of Nevada Connections Academy, Kevin hopes to provide critical insight into best teaching practices and administrative policies in order to give students the best educational experience possible.

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Morgan Jackson, Board Member
MorganJackson@nca.connectionsacademy.org

Morgan Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Reno and Master of Arts in Teaching earned at Sierra Nevada College. She is currently an English teacher at Bishop Gorman High School, where she has taught for 5 years. Prior to that she spent 7 years teaching English at a Title I middle school in the Clark County School District. In both of these settings Morgan has worked hard to increase student interest and ownership of their learning. She is currently working towards her National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts.