Social Studies

  • Michelle Coots  
    Michelle Coots, began teaching for the Deer Valley Unified School District in 2006. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University and a Master of Education degree in Career and Technical Education from Northern Arizona University. Her certifications include Standard Secondary Education: 7-12 Business and Economics and Standard Career and Technical Education: Business and Marketing. Mrs. Coots serves the Deer Valley Online Learning Program as the instructor for Free Enterprise.  "The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born." - Warren Bennis
    Bill Dugan  

    Bill Dugan,, earned his Postbac Certificate in Elementary Education from ASU West and has completed all the coursework for his Master’s Degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University. He has taught 8th grade Language Arts (1 year) and Social Studies (3 years) at Deer Valley Middle School and taught 8th grade Social Studies at Sierra Verde School (4 years). Mr. Dugan taught Government and U.S. History at O'Connor High School (5 years). He is a native New Yorker and has been in Arizona since 1994.

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

    Teacher Jayme Fitzpatrick
    Jayme Fitzpatrick,, has been working in CTE in DVUSD since 2005 . She earned a Master’s in CTE from NAU and a B.S. in Business Management from SUNY at Stony Brook. Prior to becoming CTE Coordinator, she taught Business and Marketing at Deer Valley HS for several years. She also teaches online courses for Rio Salado college.. Mrs. Fitzpatrick’s business experience includes entrepreneurship, and 11 yrs in the private sector working international and small business environments. Jayme has recently participated in the New York Stock Exchange fellowship program for educators, the Wharton School of Business Financial Literacy program for teachers & administrators and the West-MEC Industry Update program to stay current with needs and demand of business and industry. Mrs. Fitzpatrick is passionate about preparing DVUSD students for tomorrow’s careers by providing real-world industry based experiences with state of the art technology and equipment in each and every CTE classroom.
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    Jessica Lindenmeier,, has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education History from ASU and is currently earning her Masters in Educational Administration and Leadership from GCU. She is certified in both History and Social Studies. Mrs. Lindenmeier began teaching in 2010 at Mountain Ridge High School and taught both World and U.S. History. She then joined the Eagles at O’Connor High School in 2011 and is currently teaching AP World History and World History. Mrs. Lindenmeier is also the co-sponsor of the Model United Nations club on the O’Connor campus in pursuit of showcasing world history as a relatable subject to modern, real-world events.

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