Deborah Skouson

Education

Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Utah University 1996, Elementary Education and Special Education
Master of Education degree from Southern Utah University 2001
Endorsements in mild/moderate special education K-12, elementary education K-6
Extensive training/experience in working with students on the autism spectrum

Work Experience

Special education teacher, 6th grade, Washington County School District 1996-2001
Regular education teacher, 6th-7th grade core, Washington County School District 2001-2004
Regular education teacher, 2nd grade/5th grade, Washington County School District 2011-2013
Special education teacher at Olympus Academy(residential treatment center), 2015-2016
Academic support teacher at Diamond Ranch Academy, 2016-present

Interests

I have been happily married to a fellow teacher for over 15 years. We are the parents of five children, and our two oldest are on the autism spectrum. I have a unique perspective as both a special education teacher and a parent of children with disabilities. I am passionate about helping kids with autism, and have done a lot of research and extra training in order to be a more effective mother and teacher. I absolutely love music, and I sing in a community choir. I have been an avid reader my entire life, and will settle down with a book whenever I get a chance.

Comments on DRA

I started at Diamond Ranch Academy in December 2016 as an academic support teacher. I had previously worked at a residential treatment center, and it was there that I discovered my calling! I love working with at-risk teenagers, and helping them accomplish things they thought were impossible. At DRA, I am able to work one-on-one with students, and I love seeing my kids grow over the time they are here! Many of the students I work with have convinced themselves that they can’t learn, and that school is pointless. My job is to help them see that everyone can learn, as long as they are given the right tools and assistance. Diamond Ranch Academy has the philosophy of putting each student first, and because of a relatively small population, has the capability to help each student individually.