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Tanaka Elementary Administration


Pamela Catano, Principal

Ms. Catano, Principal

Dear Tanaka Students, Families, and Community,

It is with great excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new Principal of Tanaka Elementary School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such persevering students, dedicated staff, and a supportive community.

I have been dedicated to the field of education for 25 years. My experience as an educator is in urban and suburban settings ranging from the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels. My experiences have helped me see the social, academic, and behavioral transitions
from Kindergarten to college years. For the past seven years, I have served as a Middle School Dean of Discipline and an Elementary Assistant Principal under the leadership of outstanding principals. I look forward to working with the Tanaka staff as we focus our efforts on creating classrooms that are vibrant centers of learning.

On a personal note, I moved to Las Vegas from Ohio in 2001. I have three amazing children, all graduates of the Clark County School District. My oldest son is an engineer, my middle son is in business and my daughter is an ICU nurse. I also have two French bulldogs that make us laugh
every day. When I am not at work I love spending my time with my family cooking, going to dinner, and playing games. We also love the beach and going for long walks with our dogs.

In my role as the Principal, I will continue to focus on creating classrooms where caring teachers are engaging their students in rigorous, culturally responsive experiences so that all children excel. My vision is that every single one of our students thrives and that our school is one that
all students feel is a joyful place that creates excellence for all.

I am thrilled about this school year and look forward to working with all of you to ensure that the students of Tanaka Elementary have a school year filled with quality instruction and fun.


Ms. Catano, Principal

Assistant Principal

Andrea Tarrant, Assistant Principal

Ms. Tarrant, Assistant Principal

My name is Andrea Tarrant and I am the proud assistant principal of Wayne Tanaka Elementary School. I am excited to be part of the Tanaka community and work alongside Mr. Davis to ensure that all children have access to high quality, equitable instruction. I look forward to meeting all students and families this coming school year and building a structure of collaborative relationships. 


I come to you with over 20 years of teaching experience. I have taught 4th grade, 1st grade, and most recently was a literacy specialist. I have a master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Educational Policy and Leadership. 


On a more personal note, my husband, Brian and I enjoy spending time with our three children. We enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, and participating in their many extracurricular activities. I am from Buffalo, NY and am a huge Buffalo Bills fan! 

I cannot express how excited and honored I am to join the Tanaka community. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at or (702)799-2504


Ms. Tarrant, Assistant Principal

Wayne N Tanaka Elementary School

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