Our Staff

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Jack Putta
4th Grade Lead Teacher
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Holly Dahinden
3rd Grade Lead Teacher
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Alison Grove
2rd Grade Lead Teacher
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Leah Fietsam
1st Grade Lead Teacher
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Joey Ghelfi
4th Grade Language Arts and Reading Teacher
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Hina Asghar
3rd Grade Math Teacher
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Nina Shah
2rd Grade Assistant Teacher,
3rd & 4th Grade Science Teacher
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Senta Givens
1st Grade Aide
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Johanna Sadow
Kindergarten Lead Teacher
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Pam Kolbe
Director
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Amy Breslo
Spanish Teacher
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Andy Bombeck
Music Teacher

"I choose the expression, ‘Rooted in Love’ to represent the DVLC way. Like a flourishing tree, we require strong, deep roots that help our branches extend to the sky. With love and nurturing, we create a stability that grows healthy, powerful branches to support each and every leaf, as it cycles year after year."

-Dancing Diane 

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Kathleen Newman
Kindergarten Lead Teacher
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Jan deJong
Director's Assistant
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Jeffrey Sadow
Music & PE Teacher
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Karen Handelman
Art Teacher
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Learning at DVLC

The integrated curriculum at Desert View includes developing skills and concepts including reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, health, Spanish, physical education, art, music, and dance. Teachers design individual programs for children based on developmental needs and abilities. Reading in the early grades is often taught on a one-to-one basis. 

 

DVLC teachers have historically had tremendous longevity because DVLC is a special place to teach. Teachers have freedom to integrate curriculum and expand time spent on a subject based on students’ interests. Instruction is developed and carried out through creative and intentional ways. Teachers continuously refine, expand, and evolve their instructional strategies and content. Teachers have the latitude and autonomy to highlight their interests and integrate those into their curriculum. DVLC teachers are a well-traveled group who infuse their curriculum with a world view.

 

Teachers meet both informally and formally on a regular basis to plan and collaborate, and to address any issues that may occur. When questions or concerns arise, meetings are held with open conversation, thoughtful reflection, and intentional decision making. Teachers communicate frequently with one another to best address the individual needs of students.

 

The school is well equipped with a large variety of hands-on materials for teaching science and math. In addition, the surrounding desert is used for studying the environment and the relationships between plants, animals and people.

 

Specialists in areas such as art, dance, music, Spanish and physical education are part of the permanent teaching staff.

 

Discipline issues are rare. When necessary, consequences are logical and do not veer toward the punitive. In rare cases the teacher will have to work with the Director and parents to develop a plan that requires support from the parent. 

 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion issues are addressed both through the curriculum as well as in the community.

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