Denielle first became interested in education early in high school while tutoring her classmates in math. She later volunteered at the elementary school where she developed a passion for working with children who had special needs. Denielle went on to pursue a BS in Elementary and Special Education and a MA in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction. She loved being a special education teacher for 25 years, teaching children ages 3-21, but found her niche while working with the youngest children in the preschool.
After retiring, Denielle worked for the Montana Office of Public Instruction as a behavior and instructional consultant providing professional development and onsite support to schools and districts throughout Montana. In 2010, she met Frances Besseulieu and began working as an instructional consultant to support preschools through the Early Reading First grant and Montana Striving Readers project. Getting back to working with young children was just what Denielle needed! Presently, she provides onsite support for Head Start Programs and schools and trains and assists these sites in setting up quality preschool environments, literacy rich classrooms, and school-wide positive behavior programs. Denielle loves working with classroom teachers who want to expand their instructional practices. She has presented a variety of literacy, behavior, assessment, and curriculum workshops. Denielle is the co-author of the textbook Very Young Children with Special Needs and has developed training and support materials for various programs in Montana and Washington, DC.
When she is not working, Denielle loves spending time with family and being outside in the mountains of Montana – walking, hiking, camping, rafting and skiing. She currently lives in Bozeman, Montana.