Mrs. April Meyeres (A-C)

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Mrs. April Meyeres (A-C)

Email: april.meyeres@dvusd.org

Phone: 623-376-3019

I grew up in Phoenix and earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology from NAU. I headed straight to Tucson to study Educational Psychology at UofA. There, I fell in love with being a student and decided to do that professionally (probably for far too long!). I ended up with Masters degrees in both Educational Psychology and Counseling. I loved UofA and Tucson, so when my husband got a job back in Phoenix, I was reluctant to leave. However, I found my home at Mountain Ridge and have spent my entire career as a School Counselor here. That career has been put on hold through the years as I have been blessed with the honor of raising three beautiful children. They, along with my two dogs, fill my heart and keep me on my toes. Even with time away to care for children, I always found my way back to Ridge where I feel incredibly grateful to work among such a competent, caring and supportive faculty. Moreover, the students I encounter here are a tremendous source of awe and inspiration for me. Their depth, compassion and ingenuity leave me with great optimism for the future. I consider it a privilege to be in the position I am, in a school and community that I love.

Mrs. Annette Bernard (D-F, S)

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Mrs. Annette Bernard (D-F, S)

Email: annette.bernard@dvusd.org

Phone: 623-376-3017

As a native of Arizona, I have enjoyed the warm weather, great hiking trails, and the most amazing sunsets of the Sonoran desert. I received my Master’s degree in 2000 from Ottawa University and got married the same year to my wonderful husband. Since 2004, I have enjoyed working for the Deer Valley School District, especially the last 8 years here at Mountain Ridge. I am so happy to be here and enjoy working with the amazing students at Mountain Ridge! Their perseverance and enthusiasm to learn is so inspiring, go Mountain Lions! When I am not at work, my husband and I enjoy spending time caring for our mini farm. It’s a true mini farm that includes 2 mini dogs (Welsh Corgi’s), 4 mini goats (Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goats), and 7 mini chickens (variety of Bantam chickens). Our mini farm may be small on size but their hearts are huge and give countless hours of laughter and joy! Looking forward to another awesome year!

 

Ms. Angela Belnap (G-K, V)

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Ms. Angela Belnap (G-K, V)

Email: angela.belnap@dvusd.org

Phone: 623-376-3018

I grew up in Glendale, AZ attending Ironwood HS where I participated in the Marching Band for 3 years. Go Flutes! I got my Undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education and proceeded to teach middle school math for the next 9 years. While teaching I worked on my School Counseling Master's degree through Capella University. For a brief 4 years, I lived in north Dallas, TX but came home to Glendale to start my career as a high school counselor at Mountain Ridge! I love working as a school counselor helping students figure out a path for their future. A good weekend involves snuggling under a fluffy blanket to read or watch movies. 

Mrs. Wendi Matthews (L-O, X-Z, Department Chair)

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Mrs. Wendi Matthews (L-O, X-Z, Department Chair)

Email: wendi.matthews@dvusd.org

Phone: 623-376-3060

I moved to Arizona in July of 2003 from Northern Colorado. I could see the heat coming off the asphalt but powered through and started my first job as a second grade teacher in the Glendale School District at Melvin E. Sine Elementary. Go Stars! Although Arizona has become my home, I will always be a Denver, Broncos fan first and an Arizona, Cardinals fan second. I have experience teaching Kindergarten, 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. I took a brief break from teaching for 3 years to stay home with my children and to finish my Master's degree in Counseling. I have been a counselor at Mt. Ridge High School for 8 wonderful years. In my spare time, I love spending time with my 3 children and husband, and our 2 dogs Arlo and Tink. I love our Mt. Ridge community and co-workers and feel to priviliged to work here...as our principal says, "It really is just better here!"

Ms. Sarah Dyal (P-R, T, U, W)

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Ms. Sarah Dyal (P-R, T, U, W)

Email: sarah.dyal@dvusd.org

Phone: 623-376-3061

I am happy to be in my third year as a counselor at Mountain Ridge High School. I moved to Arizona from Rockford, Illinois two years ago, and I cannot believe how amazing the winters are here. I attended graduate school at Northern Illinois University and completed my Master's degree in School Counseling. Before moving to AZ, I worked in therapeutic recreation at a park district for 10 years and worked in a high school counseling office. In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, and playing sand volleyball. I love running in the most random races I can find. I have enjoyed exploring AZ, and I have a never ending bucket list of things I want to do. I also enjoy helping in the special needs program at my church. Mountain Ridge is an amazing school, and I am happy to be here.    

Mr. Alton Lizer (Therapeutic Counselor)

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Mr. Alton Lizer (Therapeutic Counselor)

Email: alton.lizer@dvusd.org

Phone: 623-376-3062

I grew up on the Dine' reservation of northern Arizona. I am the oldest of eight children and the first from my family tree to pursue education beyond high school. I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Argosy University and quickly enrolled in Grand Canyon University, where I earned my Masters in Professional Counseling in April of 2017. I have worked in the behavioral and mental health field for 7 years, as a Case Manager, Family Coach, Behavioral Health Technician at various outpatient treatment facilities. I have also experienced working as a School Based Therapist with Chandler School District. I enjoy hiking, poetry, abstract paintings, planting corn, collecting vinyl records, and most of all spending quality time with my daughter. I am honored to be here.