The educators and staff at WCEA are committed to providing the best educational environment possible for our students. 


Elizabeth Earl

Elizabeth is the founder of West Charleston Enrichment Academy. A mother of four children who are very different, she sees the need for an individualized approach to education and building upon the strengths of each student. Elizabeth works in the office handling things like registrations and payments. One of her favorite things to do is to promote WCEA in the community and to potential families. She teaches Bible lessons for the week to alternating classes.


Debbie Kelly, assistant teacher

Miss Debbie has over thirty years experience working with children of all ages having concentrated, however, on early childhood earning her CDA. She currently works in the classroom with the younger students. She serves as our ex-offcio nurse and custodian as well. Miss Debbie is also the resident expert at pulling loose teeth – only upon request! Her diverse love of all things UNLV and Steelers (not to mention the Dodgers and Suns) flows into her love of teaching helping to ensure a unique and quality delivery of our program.

Emily Sack, assistant teacher

Ms. Sack is the newest addition to the WCEA staff. She assists in both classrooms helping with academic and social development in all subject areas. She is also a professional photographer who loves art and can help us improve our artistic endeavors including our yearbook. With her classes, experience in education, and ambition to become a classroom teacher, Ms. Sack helps us further improve the education of our students by providing additional instructional activities.  Her background in sports also enables her to be the lead physical education facilitator.

Carolyn Wassell, Principal and lead teacher

Ms. Wassell is the principal and administrator/liaison of WCEA Academy. She has over thirty years teaching experience and over fifteen years in administration of the Wassell Academy. Born and raised in Las Vegas, she knows first hand the quality and policies of our local schools. She is here because of her desire for something more than the usual educational system for our children. She uses her B.A. in psychology and Masters degree in Education to facilitate the educational program and atmosphere of our school.


Delane Elliot, music

Mrs. Elliott has over 30 years music teaching experience.  She grew up in a musical family and started playing the violin at a very young age. In high school she played the clarinet and then went on to major in vocal music at Adams State University. Once she married she opened a music studio for pre-school aged children. Her family then relocated to Las Vegas, and she took a sabbatical from teaching to raise her children. She now has three adult children that live in Las Vegas. In the past ten years she added piano lessons to her private studio as well.  She loves the students at WCEA! You can expect your child to have a well-rounded, musical education at WCEA. If your child chooses to play an instrument, sing, or just enjoy listening to all genres of music, this program is suited for them. 

Sensei Josh Johnston, karate

Sensei Josh has been training in Kempo Karate for over eight years and has been teaching for six years. He served as an infantryman in the Army for nine years and medically retired in 2007. Josh is married and has three children who are also black belts in Kempo Karate. He is teaching our kids how to protect themselves and to stay out of bad situations. He does not teach how to fight, but how to get away from a fight. However, if the situation occurs,  our kids will know how to protect themselves!

Jared Perry, Educational Advisor and School Spirit Coordinator

Mr. Perry has over ten years of teaching experience with students including those with a variety of learning disabilities. His Bachelor degree is in Special Education, and he has a Masters degree in Educational Leadership. He brings a wealth of knowledge of current teaching methods and use of technology in education.  Mr. Perry makes an impact in the learning that occurs here being a big promoter of our Super 16 and house system. He passionately believes in the philosophy of WCEA. His energy can be contagious as he can ignite a love of learning and camaraderie in all of our Owl students!


Amanda Windham, Chief Supporter and Parent Volunteer

Miss Amanda has been with WCEA as a parent and volunteer for over five years. Four of her children attend or have attended our school. She currently serves on our PTO board. Miss Amanda assists in the classrooms and lunch room as needed.  She will also be coordinating drivers for any field trips we may take.



"Leadership is the capacity to

transform vision into reality."

President, Carolyn Wassell

Secretary, Jared Perry

Treasurer, Elizabeth Earl

The Board is always looking for like-minded individuals to join our team. Board members are passionate about the school and have a vested interest in the operation and continuation of its work and programs. We meet quarterly in the evenings. We need community people who have some experience with finance, fundraising, commercial realty, non-profit leadership, education, and autism to name a few areas. If this appeals to you, please contact Carolyn Wassell at 702-236-8818 to discuss a board position.