Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees: BS in Business Administration~UofA Post Bac in Elementary Education~ASU West Certifications: National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood: Literacy/Reading & Language Arts Endorsements: Gifted Specialist Endorsement Reading Specialist Endorsement Early Childhood Endorsement SEI Endorsement Highly Qualified Middle School ELA Memberships: Arizona Association of Gifted & Talented DVUSD Gifted Leadership Team DVNBCT Network
Mrs. Dawn Olson
Dear Pirates & Families,
I'm so excited to begin my 19th year of teaching in Arizona, and my 27th year as a certified teacher, as part of the fantastic team at Norterra Canyon!
As the Gifted Specialist at Norterra Canyon for the last three years, I've been so appreciative of the phenomenal support of our students, their families, and our entrie staff, Before that, I was honored to serve as the Gifted Specialist at Paseo Hills. Together, with administration, students, and families, we extended the reach of gifted services to include more time for our primary grade learners and also created more opportunities for our middle school learners to have advanced content offerings in not only ELA and math, but in science and social studies as well. I also worked to make sure our teachers had opportunities to expand their knowledge and use of gifted strategies, as we know these strategies benefit all learners. I'm part of the DVUSD Gifted Leadership Team where I advocate for gifted services for students across our district.
Before joining DVUSD, I spent 12 years teaching and learning with amazing kids in the Cave Creek Unified School District. With my gifted endorsement, I spent seven of those years challenging gifted and high achieving learners, in a gifted cluster setting, in both 5th and 2nd grade. In 2009, I successfully achieved my National Board Certification as an Early/Middle Childhood Specialist in Literacy. In 2018, I successfully renewed my NBCT certification going through the process of self reflection of my teaching practices once again! Since I believe we should never stop learning, I’ve also earned endorsements as a reading specialist, an early childhood specialist, and as a Structured English Immersion specialist. I'm also certified as highly qualified to teach middle school ELA.
In coming to teach in DVUSD, I feel I've come home as I attended Park Meadows, Deer Valley & Desert Sky Jr. High, and Deer Valley High School. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Arizona and worked in the world of technology for several years. I later returned to school to earn my Post-Baccalaureate in Elementary Education from Arizona State University.
Outside of school, I have much to keep busy! I love the outdoors, so most weekends find me hiking or kayaking. I’m also an avid reader and gardener. My husband and I are the proud parents of two pretty incredible sons. My oldest graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016, while my youngest graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2019.
Mrs. Dawn Olson