Here's what staff members have to say about our schools and school district:
"It's a great school district with great kids. I came here so my children would grow up in a multicultural society and not grow up in a community where color and racial negativity was the norm."
Lonnie Wallace, DDHS Technology Teacher
"The people here are passionate about their jobs, and they do them well. The staff is tremendous, and the kids are as well."
Bob Beighton, DDHS English Teacher
"A school is only as good as the people in it, and the best things about DDHS are the students and staff. DDHS has many strengths — our diversity, committed staff and our exceptional students — that make our school a wonderful place to learn and grow. Students feel they have many options here, and there are many different learning opportunities and ways to be involved. Parents are excited about the positive growth that DDHS continues to show."
Carri Deschner, DDHS Special Education Teacher
"I love teaching in a district with students and families from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. It makes my teaching more challenging and more fun. I learn from my students every day. Also, there are a lot of curricular and extracurricular programs in our schools. Our students can make discoveries and study the things that interest them."
Jennifer Bayerl, Orchestra Director
"The best thing about our school district is the diversity. Children of varied backgrounds are able to interact and learn from one another. Our population resembles the real world. Also, our school district strives to be current with technology, standards, differentiation and other areas that affect education. Children are instructed by teachers that are prepared for changes and advancements in education."
Michelle Minton, Grade 5 Teacher
"The faculty and staff genuinely care about their students and it shows every day in the classroom. We work hard to make sure that all of our students are given the best chance at success and don't forget about those students who may otherwise slip through the cracks at other schools."
Amanda Rhyner, DDHS English Teacher
"The diversity in our schools helps educate students and staff about life and tolerance. Our diverse community allows for students to learn more about different cultures. Our staff is comfortable teaching every student and that respect is taught and expected in all classes."
Laura Prado, Bilingual Teacher
"The Delavan-Darien School District believes in its students and is striving to make a difference in each students' learning experience. The rich diversity of our district, both students and staff, make the district a great place to share, explore and learn from each other."
Peggy Fleck, District Library Media Coordinator
"I have spent 30 years of my career in this district as both a teacher and an administrator, serving at all three levels — elementary, middle and high school. My two sons completed the bulk of their primary education in this system, as well. In my roles as both an educator and a mother, this school district has provided many educational, creative and social opportunities for student success. Our students have experiences with cultures and diversity that significantly benefit them in real work and workplace situations. The staff assures that children believe in themselves and believe they can learn. We respect diversity and recognized that all students have strengths and areas in need of growth or support. We are much stronger as a team than any one of us is individually. I am proud to be a staff member in this district."
Donna Sorensen, Wileman Elementary School Principal
"I feel we have a lot to offer everyone. We have music, sports, art, language arts, and more, plus a top-notch learning team to teach whatever the students' needs are."
Betty Blanke, Classroom Aide
"Parents who have student in our multi-age, looping classroom are pleased that the district encourages teachers to set up classrooms that best meet the needs of students. We have been told by parents that this innovative approach is exciting for both them and their child."
Kristen Andreoni, Grades 1 and 2 Looping Classroom Teacher
"I hear parents commenting on the quality of our teachers. Our parents have commented numerous times how they appreciate the compassion our teachers show the children. Parents appreciate that our students feel safe and comfortable in our schools. Parents also love how our staff differentiates instruction to meet the needs of all students."
Kory Garlock, Grade 1 Teacher
"The staff is amazing. We are working on our curriculum to offer a wider variety of classes and to increase the rigor, yet make their education relevant to their lives outside of school. Our students who opt to go to college are well prepared and are successful."
Sara Terrill, DDHS English Teacher
"Our world is a changing and diverse place. Sheltering children from that diversity does not prepare them for the kind of world they will live in. Delavan-Darien schools prepare students for the diversity they will encounter in their lives and helps them become tolerant and empathetic people who can interact with others from all walks of life."
Tina Paschke, Reading Specialist
"I was a substitute teacher in many districts of various sizes for five years before coming here. This is one of the best school districts I have ever been in when it comes to working together for the future of our children. That is why I open enrolled my kids here from Janesville."
Steve Fouts, Grade 5 Teacher
"The best thing about our district is the students. For a small school, we have huge talents, from academics to athletics. Also, the diversity in our schools is reflective of the real world. Students have opportunities to meet and make friends with people of different backgrounds."
Kelly Dennis, DDHS English Teacher
"This district is on a mission to become one of the best districts in the state in the 21st century. The district is student-centered, and focuses on the students' individual strengths. It affords students the opportunity to hone their strengths in academic, athletic and cultural activities that might not be accessible in less culturally diverse communities."
Kim Kirk, Reading Specialist
"I went to school in this district, I teach in this district and I know my children are going to get a great education in this district."
Amber Hooverson, Grade 5 Teacher
"I would say our cultural diversity is our strength, and our students' relationships and interactions are preparing them for an ever-changing and diverse society. I would also add that our school district is about change, we are on the move, and we are preparing kids for life beyond high school."
Joe Overturf, Volunteer Teacher, RISE Program
"Teachers go out of their way to help students. Walking through the halls at night or over the weekend, it is evident how much time teachers are putting in to increase student learning. An example: Students in Advanced Placement Biology were studying for an upcoming AP Biology exam. The students told their teacher of a Sunday night study session and the teacher showed up to work with the students to help them score high on the AP test. It is evident that the teachers here really care about their students and want them to succeed."
Shelly Lalich, DDHS Science Teacher
"The teachers, support staff and administrators are focused on doing the best they can to help students achieve. The staff works collaboratively to make sure the needs of each child are met. Not only do students receive a strong academic background, but they have the opportunity to participate in athletics, music, drama, clubs and more. The students are provided lots of opportunities to learn and grow."
Kelly Pickel, Associate Principal, Turtle Creek Elementary
"When I chose to open enroll my daughter to the Delavan-Darien School District, I did so because I could see a strong commitment from the teachers. I am reminded each day of the right decision I made. My daughter has loved each one of her teachers and has had the support that she has needed in all subject areas."
Barbara Nava, 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Teacher
"In a district this size, we are able to offer a lot to our students, yet be able to know the students and their families well. The teachers and staff have always taken the time to get to know the students and their families. They don't forget a child once he or she isn't in their class any more."
Jen Paepke, Associate Principal, DDHS