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Sandy Ridge Counseling

Ismail Kocabiyik
High School 12th grade college counselor

Hello, I am Ismail Kocabiyik, Your College Counselor. Well, I was not always a College Counselor; before having the best career in the world, I worked as a teacher, College Instructor, Journalist, and Interpreter. Thinking back, i can see that all these jobs prepared me to become a college counselor.

I have lived in Las Vegas for 6 years now and enjoying the sunshine 300+ days a year. I LIKE traveling a lot and am an avid camper. Anytime I am not in Las Vegas, you can check the nearest (farthest during summer break!) campsite to find me. Just a quick note, there is no internet or phone connection at the campsites! My wife and I have two children and they both attend our Tamarus Campus.

I believe everybody deserves a good education and that is my goal doing my job; to provide the best possible education and guidance to my students and also get them ready for the challenges of a rigorous college education. That is why you will often find me trying to convince you take rigorous classes, improve your GPA or make up a class that you have taken before.

Some fun facts about me: I can do the Vulcan Salute, wink with both eyes, have a strong visual memory, and can play table tennis and chess.

Kyla Scott
High School Social/Emotional Counselor
10th and 11th grade Academic Counselor

Hello Sandy Ridge! My name is Kyla Scott and this is my 3rd year as a School Counselor at CASLV. I am originally from Chicago and have lived in the Las Vegas area for the past six years. My husband and I have 4 children!

I received my Masters of Science in Counseling with a School Counseling specialization in 2010, and I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology as well. I am also a School Counseling Legal and Ethical Specialist. I have held various positions in education over the years and have also worked in social services and the restaurant industry. I also spent a bit of time teaching dance and Spanish enrichment classes. Additionally, I have a background in parent education and spent several years serving the Las Vegas community volunteering as a parenting leader and running support groups.

I love being a mom and spending time with my family. My favorite hobby in the whole wide world is dancing! I also enjoy cooking, music, reading, writing and learning new things.

In alignment with the school counseling profession, I strongly believe in serving students holistically through the academic, social/emotional and college/career domains. I utilize solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral and person-centered strategies when providing short-term counseling to students. One of my goals this year is to have meaningful career conversations with each of my students to help them achieve the mindsets and behaviors necessary to achieve college and/or career readiness.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Wishing all Coral students and families a safe and successful school year!

Taylor Rylant
Middle School Social/Emotional Counselor
9th grade Academic Counselor

Hi Falcons! I am Ms. Rylant, or you can call me Ms. R! I am very excited to be serving you this year as one of the members of the counseling staff here at Coral Academy Sandy Ridge. I am born and raised here in Las Vegas, NV and spent the last 6 years in Reno, NV for college. I moved back home June of this year and could not be happier to be back! I graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with my Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, and from Capella University with my Masters of Science in School Counseling. I am a proud member of the University of Nevada, Reno Alumni Association, Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni Association, and Chi Sigma Iota.

There are a few things you should know about me: I am a huge Denver Broncos fan. I would argue the biggest in Nevada at the very least! In addition, I am a dog lover through and through. My fiancé and I have two rescue dogs who are the lights of our lives. Fun fact: one is named Denver for the Broncos! I am also a huge foodie and love trying new foods and eating at places I have never been before.

I am truly looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you this school year, and I am here to help you make it as successful as possible!

Wendy Hopper
Work-Based Learning Coordinator

I am Wendy Hopper, Sandy Ridge’s new Work-Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator.  I help students to connect classroom learning to authentic business/industry experiences. This helps   prepares students for careers and educational experiences after high school. By providing experiences like career fairs, guest business speakers, career interest inventories, job shadowing, internships and more I get to help students get ready for life outside of high school

I love the idea of helping students get ready for life. In fact, just a few years ago I decided to become a Career and Technical Education teacher so that I could use my life experience to benefit students. Before teaching, I was a business professional who worked in in publishing, business associations, marketing, banking, real estate and even owned a flight school!  

I grew up on Long Island in New York. My family moved to Las Vegas almost two years ago after my husband retired from the NYC police department and decided to pursue a career as a helicopter tour pilot here in Nevada. We have an 11-year son and a 19-year-old son who is pursuing a video editing degree in college.

Some interesting trivia about me:  I love dogs (and most animals!) and have rescued many from shelters and the street.  I am an avid tennis player, a big fan of Star Trek, and l like to travel.  I come from a very large family. I am the youngest of seven children — half my siblings are still in New York and the other half are scattered through the United States. I am aunt to 21 nieces and nephews and 31 grand nieces and nephews!

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