We LOVE our teachers!

Desert Dawn teachers have incredibly diverse backgrounds & experience that they all bring to the classroom. One thing they all have in common- they love kids!

MEET THE OFFICE

Mr.Couvdos, Owner

Nick and Jane Couvdos started Desert Dawn Private School in 1987 to provide a safe, loving, educational environment where parents could feel good leaving their children.  Mr. Couvdos is a graduate of Arizona State University where he studied Elementary Education and a former Arizona public school teacher.  He was a U.S. delegate to the first U.S./China Joint Conference on Early Childhood Education held in Beijing, China in 1993.  Although retired, Mr. Couvdos still believes a quality early childhood educational program is an essential foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Miss Nicole, Director

  • 1990 – began working at DDPS
  • 2014 – named Director of DDPS
  • Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University

Miss Karla, Assistant Director

  • 1999 – began working at DDPS
  • 2014 – named Assistant Director
  • BFA from the University of Arizona

MEET THE BUNNY TEACHERS

Miss Sherri, Lead Teacher

  • 2006 – began working at DDPS
  • studied education at Southern Illinois University

Miss Bree, Lead Teacher

  • 2011 – began working at DDPS
  • 2019 – became closing supervisor

Miss Ashley, Lead Teacher

  • 2011 – began working at DDPS
  • has a daughter currently attending DDPS

Miss Bethany, Teacher Assistant

  • 2013 – began working at DDPS
  • currently studying pre-law at Northern Arizona University

MEET THE GOAT TEACHERS

Miss Katie, Lead Teacher

  • 1998 – began working at DDPS
  • BS from the University of Arkansas

Miss Megan, Lead Teacher

  • 2016 – began working at DDPS
  • BS in Educational Studies from Arizona State University

MEET THE PONY TEACHERS

Mrs. Schahn, Lead Teacher

  • 1989 – began working at DDPS
  • BS in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University.
  • recently awarded an endorsement in Early Childhood Education.

Mrs. Blunier, Lead Teacher

  • 1990 – began working at DDPS
  • worked in the Paradise Valley School District in the Special Education Department assisting children with special needs for 15 years

Miss Joanna, Art Teacher

  • 1996 – began working at DDPS
  • currently studying Elementary Education at Northern Arizona University

MEET THE ASSISTANTS

Miss Osiris, Teacher Aide

  • 2013 – began working at DDPS
  • currently a student at Paradise Valley Community College
  • works with all age groups

Miss Sarah, Teacher Assistants

  • 2015 – began working at DDPS
  • recent graduate of PVCC
  • teaches art to Goats and Ponies

Miss Jade, Teacher Aide

  • 2018 – began working at DDPS
  • Primarily assists the Bunny teachers
  • Fun Fact: Miss Jade was a student at DDPS 2001-2004

Miss Selena, Teacher Assistant

  • 2017 – began working at DDPS
  • works with all age groups

Miss Adrienne, Teacher Aide

  • 2018 – began working at DDPS
  • currently a student at the University of Arizona

Miss Evelyn, Teacher Assistant

  • 2016 – began working at DDPS
  • works primarily with Goats and Ponies in the Media Center

Miss Taryn, Teacher Aide

  • 2018 – began working at DDPS
  • currently a student at Paradise Valley High School

Miss Emma-Leigh, Teacher Aide

  • 2018 – began working at DDPS
  • currently a student at Horizon High School