Deanna is a Program Specialist for the Utah Professional Development Network (UPDN). Formerly, Deanna worked as an Instructional Coach/Implementation Specialist for the UPDN. Deanna has taught in Maryland, Washington State and Utah. Prior to joining UPDN she was the Special Education Director at a charter school in Salt Lake City for 13 years.
Deanna co-founded the Small LEA Consortium of Special Education Directors (CSSPEDD) in 2006 in an effort to support charter schools and rural LEAs with their unique needs in serving students with disabilities. Deanna has served on various state level committees and currently serves as a member of the Utah Transition Action Team.
Deanna graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction – both from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) – and a Master of Education degree in Special Education with a concentration in Transition from Utah State University. She earned her special education credentials from Utah State University through the ATP Program. She holds a teaching license in Special Education and Music with an endorsement in Educational Technology.
Deanna lives in Salt Lake City with her husband. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. They enjoy gardening, hiking, bicycling and hikng in their spare time.