Kelli Siegel & Deb Miller
My name is Kelli Siegel and I am the Head Preschool Teacher at Desert Sun Academy. I have been a CCUSD employee for 10.5 years, working in Kindergarten, in the Developmental Preschool, and currently as the Head Teacher for ECS-DSA Preschool for the last four years. I absolutely LOVE teaching preschool and look forward every day to having fun with the children as they explore, discover, engage and, most importantly, play while they learn.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University and completed Early Childhood Education coursework through Rio Salado and Paradise Valley Community College as well as ongoing professional development training each year. I am an AZ native, living with my husband Brian and two teenage boys in Scottsdale, enjoying family activities and watching my boys play football and about to see my oldest graduate high school and move onto life at college.
Deb Miller, Teacher Assistant
My name is Deb Miller and I am the Teacher Assistant at Desert Sun Academy site with the amazing Kelli Siegel. I have been a Teacher’s Assistant for ECS since 1997. I have had the privilege to have worked with many children over the years in CCUSD. I have raised my 3 children with my husband Tom in Cave Creek and plan on eventually retiring someday in this area. I LOVE helping the children grow each day and look forward to coming to work every day.
Snapshots of all the wonderful things we are learning in preschool
The Desert Sun Preschool location is specifically designed to provide children 3-5 years old with the solid foundation they will need for later learning in kindergarten and beyond. The Preschool uses the Core Preschool Sequence Guideline curriculum which is based on scientific research of how young children learn. It focuses on identifying specific goals in all areas of learning and setting high expectations for all children. (See coreknowledge.org for more detailed information). World Spanish/French is introduced to expand a child’s knowledge of language and culture. Full-time classes, half-day morning classes, and lunch bunch are offered. Students also benefit from integrative experiences and inclusive class time with the Developmental Preschool students and teachers.