Ms. Deal is a graduate of Longwood University, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and is currently earning a Master's Degree in Reading, Literacy, and Learning from her alma mater. Ms. Deal grew up in Amherst, Virginia, and now lives in Lynchburg, Virginia, moving closer to both work and church. In her free time, Ms. Deal enjoys reading, visiting coffee shops, baking, and spending time with family and friends. She is humbled to serve at RES and watch a new class of resilient and intelligent students accomplish their goals
Mrs. Dearden is a graduate of Liberty Christian Academy and the University of Lynchburg, formerly Lynchburg College. She has been married to her wonderful husband, Shaun, for 29 years and has two awesome adult sons, Michael and Daniel. She loves reading, backpacking, hiking and anything “in the woods!” While she is new to Rustburg Elementary School this year, she has fifteen years of teaching and administrative experience. She has taught 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade, so she has a pretty good understanding of where her students are going educationally! Mrs. Dearden believes that building strong relationships with her students is critical to their academic and social growth, so that is always a top priority. She also views education as a partnership between teachers, students and families and “we’re all in this together!” So, let’s buckle up for an amazing “new and different” year together where The Sky's The Limit at Rustburg Elementary School!