Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Dianne Berendzen, Ed. D.
My name is Dianne Berendzen. I am proud to say I have served the students of St. Louis Public Schools for 28 years. I worked at Walnut Park, Gundlach, Clay, and Ford Elementary Schools. I taught first grade for ten years, then supported teachers as an instructional coach for thirteen years. In 2019, I had the privilege of moving to NCNAA as the assistant principal. I served in this capacity for four years. I am excited to now serve as the Interim Principal of Nahed Chapman New American Academy!
My credentials include a Doctorate in Teacher Leadership and a Master's in School Administration from Maryville University. I also possess a Master's in Teaching and a Reading Specialist Certificate from Webster University. My Bachelor's Degree is in Architecture from Washington University, but after working in architecture for a brief time, I decided that my passion was education. I then earned a teaching certificate through the University of Missouri-St. Louis. I have spent much of my adult life going to school!
I live in Webster Groves with my husband John and Miko, a rescue cat. We enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors. We also enjoy spending time with family, including two grandchildren who live nearby.
I love working with the students and families at NCNAA. The families are so gracious and the students are eager to learn. I believe that each student has unique potential. As a school leader, I lead with fairness and empathy, striving to ensure that all students are treated equitably so they can receive the best education possible.