Courtney Dean, Lead Teacher

Courtney Dean 4th Grade Lead Teacher COA Elementary

Growing up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains has made me a country girl at heart. I love the outdoors and derive great pleasure from the wonder of discovery. My home town of Grass Valley was established as a mining town and is an area rich in History.  

My earliest experiences with children came with volunteering in elementary and Sunday school classrooms. But only after a very significant day in 7th grade when it had occurred to me that the teaching profession was where I was headed. I went on to receive my degree and credential at Chico State University. And made my way back to Grass Valley to hone my skills as a teacher.

I believe there are great dividends in learning with laughter and fun as was modeled by my wonderful elementary school teachers. If you were to pop your head in my classroom during the day you might see me break out in a silly song, illustrate an example through pantomime, make a goofy face, or tell a little joke.

This is my 12th year in education. In that time I have taught 2nd grade at a Private Christian School, Junior high/high school independent studies, 6th grade here at COA and now 4th grade - a dream come true for me. I am so excited to be able to share the rich history I grew up learning about from my own home town.

What I love about teaching most is the opportunity to touch the lives of so many precious young people each day. I strive to show each of my students that they are loved and cared for and instill in them life skills that will carry them on to future successes.

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