Meet Our Staff

Deer Valley Academy programs are staffed by individuals who have been trained in early childhood education/child development and who demonstrate the necessary personal qualities for working with young children.

Our staff have been selected for their educational backgrounds, as well as their experiences and expertise for working with young children. All teachers undergo a thorough reference check and background screening. During the school year, each teacher will receive frequent observations, coaching and evaluations. All staff receive CPR and first aid certification, a food handler’s permit and on-going training in the area of child development and developmentally appropriate practices.

Julie Jahp - Director of Deer Valley Academy and Children's Center Supervisor

Julie has been enriching the lives of children and educators for more than 20 years. It is her mission to empower young minds and broaden their futures. Julie fosters growth and recognizes potential in children of all ages. In order to provide the best possible care and educational foundation for your children, Julie is actively involved in all aspects of Deer Valley Academy’s programming. Her love for the outdoors and nature is a vital component of how she directs the Academy and Children’s Center, as is her six years of certified experience teaching yoga to children and adults. Julie’s purposeful and holistic approach to early care and education ensures your child has a strong, healthy foundation for learning and life. As a parent herself, she has an abiding love for children and strives to be a valued resource for all Academy families. When she is not at Deer Valley, Julie loves being in the outdoors, teaching yoga, and most of all, spending time with her family.

Kate Nelsen - Infants and Little Tots

Diane Karoly -Little Kids

Moe Calderone - Little Kids

Olga Woolley - Preschool

Kayla Leitman - Preschool