Deanna is a native Tucsonan. She grew up on the South Side of Tucson, and went to Sunnyside Schools. She attended the University of Arizona and is an Arizona Wildcat. There she received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s degree in Multicultural Education. She also received her principal certification through Northern University of Arizona. She started working in Amphitheatre school district in an elementary school. Later, she started teaching at Townsend Middle school where she met Ochor Odol. He was a student at Townsend and she started tutoring him. She started to notice that he was having difficulty at home. It was then that she knew she would be taking care of him and his brother, Obang, for the rest of their lives. After a long stretch of teaching both elementary and middle school, she became assistant principal at Mary Belle McCorkle Academy of Excellence. In 2016 she became the principal at John B. Wright in the Tucson Unified School District. As the principal at Wright Elementary, she has implemented the PBIS with fidelity and has created a safe and kind campus by using “Trust Cards”. This has proven to give students the ability to take pride in their education and in their school. Since Deanna has been principal, Wright has become an OMA Gold school. She is a professional musician and an accomplished pianist and supports the OMA program throughout her career and beyond.
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