TMCC High School Staff

There are ten full time staff members at TMCC High School. All individuals are passionate about working with young people. They have created a Professional Learning Community that maximizes opportunities for team teaching, cross-curricular, project-based instruction and collaboration among staff, students, parents and college instructors and administration.


Susan Mayes–Smith

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My husband and I moved to the Reno area in 1990 after serving together in the Peace Corps in Central America. Learning to speak Spanish was a requirement for our work with Honduran teachers in educational methodology and instruction in environmental education. I am a native Arizonan and a graduate of Northern Arizona University. In addition to being a teacher and secondary school administrator in Reno, I was executive director of an arts organization while on leave from Washoe County School District. My husband teaches ESL at Lincoln Park Elementary School in Sparks and we have a son and daughter in college. I love reading, traveling and hiking and my job at TMCC High School.
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Kati Swanson

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I have a Bachelor and Masters degree in Geology and a Masters degree in Counseling. Working in the field of geology kept me busy for a few years before moving on to a new career in counseling. I have been working as a high school counselor since 1995.
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Launie Gardner

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After 20 years of teaching, I feel fortunate to say I still love my job, and love the place where I teach. Nevada’s stark, rugged beauty and the frame of mind that open spaces create is very similar to the classroom full of a range of amazing potentials not yet tapped. When I’m not teaching, I’m heading across borders, or reading, writing, and ruminating about frontiers yet to be explored with my family and close friends.
Launie’s email is

Scott Millard

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Hello, my name is Scott Millard. I started teaching Math in 1994. I spent 19 years at Hug High School before getting the chance at my dream job; teaching here at TMCC High School in 2013.
My father was a preacher in small communities when I was growing up so we moved around some. I was born in Yerington, NV., spent my elementary school years in Sonoma, Ca., middle school was in Jackson, CA., and high school in big ole’ Carson City, NV. (Don’t hold that against me). I earned my teaching degree and Master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. I was lucky enough to spend one year on exchange at the University of Hawaii. I have an amazing wife named Michelle, an adult daughter, Kori, and a teenage son, Gage. I love all kinds of sports and have coached many sports for my kid’s teams.
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Kathleen O’Brien

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Raised in a family that valued nature, science, curiosity, and the arts, I never foresaw becoming a teacher. After graduating from the University of Cailifornia, Davis with a degree in English that reflected my passion for the language, I did not- much to my parents’ distress-apply that degree to leading a classsroom or pursuing a language-rich career like law or political science. Instead, I followed through with my plan to become a dog trainer. You could say I’ve been teaching for 30 years if you include the time I spent schooling dogs in obedience, protection, and drug detection. Although that was fun, I eventually decided I wanted to offer more to the community and decided encouraging teenagers’ curiosity might be a suitable way. Since earning my teaching certificate at Sierra Nevada College in 1993, I’ve taught at Hug High School and TMCC High School. My loves are much the same as always; amoung them, I count my family, friends and pets, the Earth, poetry, and the weird and wonderful energy my students and I share.
Kathleen’s email is

Carlos Hatfield

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In late August 2007 I moved from a temperate rain forest (Bellingham, WA) to a desert (Reno, NV). This move has added to my broad and varied life experiences. In addition to teaching I have worked as a social worker and a photographer.

When I am not teaching, you can find me skiing, mountain biking, or watching movies. I also have an extensive background in climbing (all disciplines). Music is another of my passions; I have played guitar for over 20 years. Finally, I am a huge fan of Moto Grand Prix motorcycle racing and Formula One car racing.
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Jenny Goodfellow

April Doerr

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April Doerr graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005 with High Distinction in mathematics education. She earned her Master of Education degree at UNR in 2011, specializing in mathematics education and educational equity. April taught mathematics at Fernley High School for three years, and served as a graduation coach for one year. She also taught mathematics at Clayton Middle School for two years, and is excited about teaching at TMCC High School. She enjoys hiking, reading, running, travelling, and spending time with her friends and family.
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Travis Stransky

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My name is Travis Stransky, I was raised in Dayton, Nevada. I graduated from UNR with a degree in secondary education with a major in history, and began my teaching career eleven years ago in the tiny town of Gerlach. I am married with two girls and enjoy living in the small Reno community of Cold Springs. When I am not busy molding minds; I enjoy football, exploring the outdoors, playing music, painting, and chess. This year I am looking forward to the new journey awaiting me at TMCC High School teaching U.S. History.
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