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Ms. Kurtenbach

Welcome to 8th grade ELA!  My name is Ms. Kurtenbach and I am so happy to be your ELA teacher this year!  I have lived in the Anthem area for the last 20 years and this will by my 12th year working in DVUSD.  This is my first year at Anthem School and I am so happy to be here!

I have two wonderful children, both of whom received a fantastic education in DVUSD, and am expecting my first grandchild in October. I also have a very spoiled Saint Bernard who thinks she's my third child!  I graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  After working in the field of bond finance for numerous years, I discovered my passion for education and subsequently obtained my teaching credentials as well as my middle school language arts certification.  Becoming an educator was one of the best decisions I have ever made!  I truly love teaching and I believe that I am in the most rewarding profession there is!  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, doing just about anything outdoors, reading, and going to the movies (pre-Covid, of course).  My favorite genre of books and movies is suspense. 

Please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions or concerns.  Since I will not be able to communicate by phone for the majority of the school day, the easiest way to get in touch with me is by e-mail.  I look forward to working with you to make it a GREAT year!


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” 

~ Dr. Seuss