Mrs. Gladness (1st grade)
Name: April Gladness
Everything you do at Quest: I am a first grade teacher with Quest Preparatory Academy, at the Bridger Campus. I have worked in the educational field for over ten years. I have learned how children develop, as well as, being trained on the new and innovative curriculum that our district uses.
Teaching, or relevant experience which you use in the classroom and relates to a well-rounded education.
Bachelors in ECE, Masters in ECE, B-2 (In progress)
Tutor from K-2 in school/outside and volunteered
Specific interests and philosophy for teaching students or what you want to accomplish more than anything:
I have chosen this profession for two reasons: First, I love children and want to give them a chance to learn in a wonderful and safe environment. Secondly, I want to influence children in a positive way and help them to be all they can be. It has been my privilege, to have had extraordinary teachers, who have influenced and given me a love for education. This gift has inspired me to become the best teacher I can be.
Something that makes you unique or is very important pertaining to who you are as a person.
I am very passionate about my job as a first grade teacher. I enjoy the feeling that I receive, when a child’s face lights up because they now understand what has been taught. That feeling of joy is enough to make me want to teach. As my journey continues my foundation remains the same…Students are the key to our future!
Email: A. Gladness@questlv.com
Ms. ALlen (1st grade)
Name: Rachel Allen
My Quest Role at Quest: First Grade Teacher
Teaching, or relevant experience: I have been teaching with Quest for the last 2 years. Last year I taught high school and middle school physical education and leadership classes. I’ve also worked with developmental programs that focus on a wide range of ages. I’m currently completing my BS in Kinesiology and UNLV and seek to find a harmony between my passion for movement and my love of teaching.
Interests and philosophy for teaching: I am a huge advocate of the connection between movement and learning. Much of what I teach I reinforce with movements and kinesthetic manipulatives. I also believe that each child learns in unique ways, and it’s my job to try to decode their learning style, and facilitate as much comprehension and mastery of the curriculum as possible. I have a passion for literature, history and science, and am big on story telling.
What makes me unique:
I love teaching, playing soccer, hiking, and owls. I’m a mom to 2 young boys and a fur baby. When growing up I spent my summers with my grandmother, who was a retired English teacher, watching birds, writing elaborate stories of adventure, and hiking throughout the Rocky Mountains and Medicine Bow National Forest.
ms. kanston (4th grade)
Name: Sandra Kanston
My Role at Quest: Grade 4 teacher, Teacher mentor, RTI committee
Teaching, or relevant experience: I have been at Quest since November 2016. I have 36 years experience in education. After retiring from New York City in 2004, I taught in CCSD and in a another charter school in Las Vegas. During my career in New York, I taught elementary as well as middle school students. I was a dean, a teacher mentor, special ed consultant on students with neurological issues such as autism, tbi, learning disabilities in my District . as well as an Arts liasone
Schooling: Bachelor of Fine Arts from Howard University, Master in Education from The City University of New York (Queens College), Certificate in Traumatic Brain Injury and other neurological issues from Hunter College (CUNY). I also studied at Bank Street College where I was part of a group that wrote a social studies guide for teachers in my district.
Interests and philosophy for teaching: I love art, reading and poetry. I believe that all children are different and that all children are capable of learning. I try to students in all learning styles(visual, logical, verbal, aural, physical, social, and solitary.
What makes me unique: I love children and teaching. When I retire from Quest, it will be my 3rd retirement.
mr. oberlander (5th grade)
Name: Eli Oberlander
My Role at Quest: Fifth Grade Teacher, Drama Club Leader
Teaching, or relevant experience: This is my first year at Quest. I have taught computers and drama for the past five years at Southern Highlands Prep School, and subbed for a year in CCSD before that.
Schooling: Bachelor’s Degree in Education from UNLV. Go Rebels!
Interests and philosophy for teaching: I am a firm believer in doing whatever it takes in order to make sure the students understand the concept. I will sing, dance, wear funny costumes, lie on the floor just for instance. I believe all students learn differently and it is important to make sure to address each child’s needs. I also have an extensive background in drama which I bring into the classroom.