Head of School
Laura Bruni graduated from California State Polytechnic, Pomona with a Bachelors in Architecture and a Minor in Philosophy. In 1993, Ms. Bruni went on to receive her teaching credential in California and has her certification to teach English as a Second Language. She received her Masters in Elementary Education and holds a teaching credential in both the states of California and Nevada. Ms. Bruni has over 20 years of experience working with
underprivileged children in Los Angeles public schools, working with gifted students, and with students who needed extra support and enrichment. In Nevada, Ms. Bruni worked at the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus. She became the Director of Student Services, overseeing school wide testing and various programs including that for special education, gifted learners, and international students, which included ESL instruction.
Ms. Bruni’s professional development includes training in early literacy as a participant in the UCLA literacy project, Writer’s Workshop, and the California Governor’s institute on mathematics and language arts. She was selected as a lead teacher to promote effective instructional strategies for gifted and talented students as part of a special program led by Dr. Sandra Kaplan from USC. In 2014, Ms. Bruni completed her initial training in the Orton- Gillingham methodology. She is one of only a handful of educators in the state of Nevada to have this designation.
Ms. Bruni sat on the Nevada Department of Education Special Education Advisory Committee where she helped to influence policy changes for students with special needs.
Director of Education
Mrs. Dipietro has been in education for 34 years. She has a Bachelors of Science in General Education from the University of Southern California, a Masters in Computer Education and a Masters in Educational Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. She also has her Autism Endorsement from NOVA University.
She has taught 9 years with the Clark County School District as an Elementary School Teacher, and currently as a Primary Autism Teacher. Previously she worked in California for 25 years as an Elementary School Teacher, School Readiness Language Development Program Teacher, Math Instructional Coach, and Title I/Bilingual Coordinator in charge of special programs and Parent Education Workshops.
She has a passion for special needs children, and has enjoyed working for the past three years with the Primary Autism Class at Oran K. Gragson Elementary School. She continues learning and in 2014, Mrs. Dipietro completed her initial training in the Orton-Gillingham methodology, and is one of only a handful of teachers in the state of Nevada to have completed this training. Mrs. Dipietro’s motto is: “You are never too old to learn something new.”