As the fifth largest school district in the country, the Clark County School District is taking an innovative approach to educating its students with the guidance of Jesse Welsh, Academic Manager of CCSD’s Innovative Learning Environments, including its online The Nevada Learning Academy.

(Photo Courtesy of Jesse Welsh)

(Photo Courtesy of Jesse Welsh)

The Nevada Learning Academy serves students in grades 6 through 12 on a full and part-time basis including honors and advanced placement programs. Courses offered can be designed using independent study, teacher-led and credit by exam courses. For those participating in open enrollment, students can begin coursework any time in the school year. CCSD offered this program during the summer months and announced it had more than 10,000 enrolled in its independent study and teacher-led programs. The middle school program has also been implemented for the school year.

Welsh received his undergraduate degree in secondary mathematics education with a minor in Spanish. He received his masters and doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Welsh originally entered the field of education, “because in school I was the kid who was always helping everyone else. I like getting to help people.” Since math was one of his best subjects and one that captured his interest, Welsh chose to continue in his educational career combining the two to become a math teacher and make a difference in people’s lives.

With the changes in education in 2014, there are now many opportunities beyond teaching in a traditional brick-and-mortar school.

“Going into education is a really solid career,” Welsh explained, “and gives opportunities to do other things in the field of education. I certainly never thought I would be doing what I am doing now. I thought I would be a teacher my entire career.”

In terms of pursuing and obtaining his masters and doctorate, “it helps you have a broader sense of what is going on and really understand the big picture. It opens doors for you. I would encourage everyone to pursue a higher education,” and become ready for the many opportunities in career fields incorporating technology.

Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on


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