Our Kindergarten Team

Meet our Kindergarten Team
    • Noelle Griffith
      Jr Kindergarten Teacher

      Noelle Griffith

      Jr Kindergarten Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 27
      Years at DKH Academy: 16
      Education: B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Kent State, Certified EC-6th
      Experience: Mrs. Griffith taught Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades in both public schools and a private catholic school in Ohio before becoming involved in the curriculum and development of a Multi-Age Program. She went on to be one of the first teachers in the district to instruct students in a 1st/2nd grade classroom. Before leaving the district, Mrs. Griffith also spent time teaching a classroom of 3rd/4th graders.

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Griffith is married and has two grown sons and a daughter who attended DKH Academy. When she toured DKH as a prospective preschool for her daughter, she knew it felt like him from the moment she stepped through the doors. Mrs. Griffith enjoys walking/running, reading, spending time with her children, Netflix marathons with her husband, and snuggling with her dog.

      Favorite Quote: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”  – Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality: I am big believer in fostering kindness, acceptance, and positive self perception. I have adapted my favorite quote for use in my neighborhood (classroom). “You are KIND. You are SMART. You are IMPORTANT. You are LOVED.” These four phrases now serve as what we refer to as “our special words.” At the end of every day, we gather on the carpet, hold hands, and say these special words to ourselves and each other, from our hearts. It makes my heart happy to watch the children as these words start to take root in them.  It becomes a mini hug fest among friends. It truly is one of the best parts of our day!

      Email: griffith@dkhacademy.org

    • Deidre Hutton
      Guided Reading Teacher & Sr. Kindergarten Assistant

      Deidre Hutton

      Guided Reading Teacher & Sr. Kindergarten Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 21
      Years at DKH Academy: 18
      Education: BS degree in English from California State Fullerton, Certified Kindergarten-12th Grade
      Experience: Mrs. Hutton taught high school English and junior high school Reading before coming to DKH Academy. She was the Kindergarten teacher for 4 years before stepping into the role of Guided Reading teacher.

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Hutton is married and has two sons. She enjoys a variety of activities including gardening, hiking, playing the piano and reading.

      Favorite Quote: “Do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

      Email: hutton@dkhacademy.org

    • Robyn Nelson
      Sr. Kindergarten Teacher

      Robyn Nelson

      Sr. Kindergarten Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 4

      Education: B.S. in Communications and Minor in Kinesiology. I have my certification in Special Education kindergarten-12th grade. I also have my General Education Certification for grades 4-8th

      Experience: I taught 7th and 8th grade Reading and English for three years before becoming a stay at home mom to my two sons. Then I went back and taught the two year old class for one year, before becoming the kindergarten teacher here at DKH.

      Hobbies and Family:
      I love new adventures with my family and exploring new and fun places. I also love watching movies with my family and a good bowl of popcorn with junior mints in it. I am known for taking nice long walks, bike rides, and hikes with my dog and kids. I love the beach and will find any extra time to spend in the sand building sand castles with my boys. I also love reading and dancing. I loved dancing so much I became a instructor for a Zumba class. I have been married to my college sweetheart for 12 years. I have an eight year old son named Christian and a 6 year old son named Caolan (Kee-Lin). We have a wonderful dog named Mali who we rescued. I love animals and I love to volunteer at our church and help people in anyway I can. I love showing my kids how to help animals and people when they are in need.

      Favorite Quote: Let’s Dance!

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality:
      I believe that if you are having fun you are learning. So why not make learning new things fun and exciting? I love to build up my students with praise! I believe that if you have the confidence you can learn anything!!

      Email: Nelson@dkhacademy.org

    • Molly Reynolds
      Jr. & Sr. Kindergarten Teacher Assistant, LEAP 4's Teacher

      Molly Reynolds

      Jr. & Sr. Kindergarten Teacher Assistant, LEAP 4's Teacher

      Bio coming soon

    • Erica Rotella
      Jr. Kindergarten Teacher

      Erica Rotella

      Jr. Kindergarten Teacher

      Bio coming soon

      Email: Rotella@dkhacademy.org

    • Debbie Vogel
      4's & Sr Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

      Debbie Vogel

      4's & Sr Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 13
      Years at DKH Academy: 18
      Education: Graduated from Quakertown High School
      Experience: Ms. Debbie was a nanny for a teaching family who had 5 children for 12 years before joining DKH Academy. She assists in many areas and helps several teachers at DKH Academy. Ms. Debbie is the organization behind “the organization”.

      Hobbies and Family: Ms. Debbie is married to her high school sweetheart and has three grown daughters. She has 5 beautiful granddaughters. Ms. Debbie loves reading and enjoying time with her grandchildren.

    • Arezou Ziglari
      4's & Sr. Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

      Arezou Ziglari

      4's & Sr. Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

      Years in education: 5

      Years at DKH: 1st year

      Education: BS Degree in Business Administration at Wichita State University (Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship)

      Experience: Substitute teaching at a private school for 4 years. Private tutor for 2 years.

      Hobbies and Family:
      I am married and have 2 young sons who both attend DKH. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

      Favorite Quote: “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud” Maya Angelou