Mrs. Anna Backstrom, M.Ed

    Mrs. Backstrom serves DVUSD as the K-12 Fine Arts and Health Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Specialist.

    Anna Backstrom started her teaching career in 2005. She began her teaching time at Foothills Elementary in the Peoria Unified School district. Next, she taught at Stetson Hills as the Music Specialist for the Deer Valley Unified School District in 2010. She then became the Choral Director and Piano Lab teacher at Sandra Day O'Connor High School. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the College of Education at Mississippi State University, and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Her certifications and endorsements include Standard Professional Secondary Education: 6-12 Music, Music: PreK-12, and Structured English Immersion: PreK-12.  

    Anna is an advocate for all arts education and community involvement. She serves on the board of the Arizona Music Educators Association as the Ex-Officio of Advocacy Chair and Music Supervisor/Fine Arts Specialist Chair. She also serves the City of Phoenix as a Commissioner of the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission for District 1. She is the interim chair of the Round Table Advisory Committee (RTAC) on the Arts for the Arizona Department of Education.   


    “The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.” ~William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education