Saint Joseph College - B.A.
UNLV - M.Ed
Denise is originally an East Coaster and spent most of her life pursuing her career in counseling and psychology. After graduating from Saint Joseph University in West Hartford, Connecticut she worked with troubled teenagers as a therapist for five years. It was love that originally brought her to move across country to Las Vegas, where she then pursued her career in education at UNLV and received her M.Ed. Previously, Denise worked at her last school for ten years as the school counselor, yet she felt she was born to teach history and joined the Dawson team. On any given day, it would not be uncommon to walk into Denise’s class and witness her students or herself dressed as historical characters to help deepen the students’ engagement and understanding. Outside of teaching, Denise enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and animals, cooking, and the occasional binge-watch of Netflix documentaries.