About our Executive Team

Contact

Allegra Demerjian
Public Information Officer
702-486-6602
ademerjian@doe.nv.gov 
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Superintendent of Public Instruction

Jhone M. Ebert

Anyone who has worked with her can attest that Jhone M. Ebert brings a heart for equity, a collaborative spirit, and transformative leadership to everything she does. She puts these qualities to work each day in her role as State Superintendent of Public Instruction for Nevada.

Since taking the reins as the chief state school officer for Nevada in 2019, Ms. Ebert has worked tirelessly on behalf of Nevada’s nearly 500,000 students and its 750 schools. She was appointed in April 2019 by Governor Sisolak, who regards her as a change leader and “the best person to set Nevada students up for success.”

An equity champion, Ms. Ebert has rooted her career in the belief that the work is unfinished until every single child has a clear pathway to thrive in school and life. As State Superintendent of Public Instruction, her proudest accomplishment is Nevada’s innovative and responsive COVID-19 recovery efforts, which enabled Nevada’s districts to successfully adapt to deliver distance education and prepare for safe school re-openings. Under her direction, Nevada became the first state nationally to ensure every student participating in distance learning had internet connection and a learning-ready device. During this time of upheaval, Ms. Ebert prioritized providing support and flexibility to districts and schools, while ensuring that all students received the services they need, including nutrition services, special education interventions, English learner supports, professional development for teachers, as well as social-emotional and mental health supports and resources for all community members.

During her time leading Nevada’s Department of Education, other notable accomplishments include the overhaul of Nevada’s 54-year-old education funding formula, which has been replaced with a student-centered approach that allocates resources more equitably while ensuring flexibility for districts and schools. This work, as well as the pandemic crisis response, would not be possible without the knowledge gained and trusting relationships built during her 2019 Statewide Listening Tour, during which she visited with students, staff, families, and community members in all 17 school districts and the State Public Charter School Authority.

Ms. Ebert has a proven record of successfully working in large, diverse, and politically challenging school systems. From 2015 to 2019, as the Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-20 Education Policy for New York State, Ms. Ebert was the ranking policy advisor to the state commissioner and Board of Regents. She led policymaking and programs affecting teaching and learning from early childhood through postsecondary education. During her tenure in New York, overall academic performance improved statewide, achievement gaps narrowed, and graduation rates increased.

Prior to her time in New York, Ms. Ebert held various leadership positions in the Clark County School District (CCSD) over 25 years, most recently in the roles of Chief Innovation and Productivity Officer and Chief Technology Officer. In her work at CCSD, the fifth largest school district in the nation, Ms. Ebert provided oversight of nationally recognized magnet school programs, as well as leadership, guidance, and support for magnet school principals. As a result of her work, student participation in technology-based instruction increased from 68 students in 1998 to well over 68,000 in 2015 and she inspired the adoption of the 1:1 computing program that currently serves Nevada’s middle schools.

Ms. Ebert is a life-long learner and has always been passionate about the power of public education to change lives. If not for the opportunities that school afforded her, her own journey would have been much different. From her start as a mathematics teacher in CCSD, Ms. Ebert has prioritized the power of integrating technology in the classroom and the belief that each and every student deserves the opportunity to thrive. As classrooms continue to grow more diverse, Ms. Ebert believes it is critically important that students have access to adults who not only look like them, but whose personal histories exemplify the power of schools to change lives.

Ms. Ebert’s honors include the International Society for Technology in Education’s 2020 Annual Impact Award, 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. She 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.

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Deputy Superintendent for Educator Effectiveness and 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 Student Investment Division 

Heidi Haartz 

Heidi Haartz serves as the Deputy Superintendent for Student Investment Division for the Nevada Department of Education, overseeing the state’s State Education Fund 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.

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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.