Phone: 623-445-8434


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A.Ed. -Early Childhood Emphasis Reading Specialist SEI Endorsement Highly Qualified Teacher

Mrs. Castellanos

Dawn Castellanos

My name is Dawn Castellanos. I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with an Early Childhood Concentration. I began my career in the Peoria Unified School District teaching third grade for two years and kindergarten for five.  I then took time off to spend time with my family and grow an outside business in the e-commerce industry. I returned to education in 2010 teaching Kindergarten for the Deer Valley Unified School District. In 2013, I accepted a position as a Reading Specialist in DVUSD.  Again, took some time off due to family illness while substituting K-8.  Finally, I joined the Sonoran Foothills staff in 2017 in kindergarten.  I then spent 2020-2021 teaching for DVOA Aspire online academy.  I am finally in my favorite position in education- reading interventionist.  I spend my mornings at Sonoran Foothills and afternoons at Stetson Hills.

I have been with my husband, Tim, for 29 years. We have two amazing children ages 26 (Brooklynn) and 21(Brenden).  If school is not in session, you will find me on a cruise!  As a matter of fact, a student really did. I was once on a cruise in the Caribbean when I heard, "Mrs. Castellanos!" across the ship.  What are the chances of that?