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Mrs. Dini

Hi Students and Parents!

          I'm Heidi Essert-Dini. This is my 33rd year teaching in the Deer Valley School District. My first year in Deer Valley began at Esperanza Elementary School as a librarian. It was an exciting position in which I was able to make the media center the hub of the school through sponsoring various cultural activities and allowing open library time for children to explore books and book-related activities.  For the next 5 years, I taught second graders at Esperanza while continuing my education working towards my Reading Specialist endorsement. In 1997, I moved to Las Brisas. 
          Over the years, I have taught Fifth Grade Math, along with Third, Second, First, and Kindergarten. I also worked as an instructor in SAGE (Gifted) MATH, a Reading Specialist, and an English Language Learner (ELL) Instructor. My goal as an educator is to provide a developmentally appropriate learning environment that meets the individual needs of each student through a curriculum full of engaging and relevant activities. My hope is that by providing this type of environment, each child will develop a love of learning that will stay with them throughout their lifetime.
          This year I am honored to work with the K-2 gifted population.  I am excited about working with students to help strengthen their thinking and problem-solving abilities.