Meet Deanna

Empowering Educators- it’s what she loves!

With 20 years of experience in education and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Deanna Westedt brings a unique lens to the world of twice-exceptional students and flexible differentiation through her research-based instructional strategies.

Intro to CV & Bio

Dr. Deanna Westedt, Ed.D, earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina (2019, Columbia, SC). The title of her doctoral dissertation is Use of Formative Assessment to Structure Flexible Differentiated Learning Groups: A Pathway to Equity.

Dr. Westedt also holds a Masters in Education from Azusa Pacific University (2003, Azusa, CA) and a Bachelors in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Spanish from Azusa Pacific University (1999, Azusa, CA).

Deanna knows what it’s like “in the educational trenches”, having taught for 20 years in the primary grades, first with Fontana USD and then with Etiwanda School District, both in California. While a teacher, she also led training events for students, parents, and fellow educators on diverse topics, such as Common Core, skill-based small groups, and social justice. She holds a valid, clear credential and CLAD certificate.

In 2020, Dr. Westedt was interviewed by Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin for Psychology Today‘s online blog, discussing equity for the twice-exceptional student. Not only was this the subject for her doctoral research, Deanna is also the mother of two twice-exceptional sons. She understands the twice-exceptional from both an academic and personal viewpoint.


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