Welcome to 5th grade!  My name is Ms. Kurtenbach and I am so happy to be your child's teacher this year!  I have lived in the valley for the last 18 years and have worked in DVUSD for the last 9 years.  This is my first year at Sunrise Elementary and I am so proud to be a lion!

    I have two wonderful children who are the light of my life. Both of my children received a fantastic education in this district.  My daughter graduated from high school last year and is now a Freshman in college and my son is a Sophomore.  I also have a very spoiled Saint Bernard who thinks she's my third child!  I am a veteran of the US Army and 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 that 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, reading, and going to the movies.  My favorite genre of books and movies is science fiction! 

    Please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions or concerns.  Since I will not be able to communicate over the phone during the school day, the easiest way to get in touch with me is through 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