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Meet the New Staff at Danbury Catholic Elementary School

Abby Glass
Principal

    Abby Glass will have a good-sized commute to perform her duties as DC's principal. The Storm Lake native lives in Sac City. She and her husband, Chuck have four children, Max, Millie, Mary, and Charlie.
    Abby brings 17 years of education to Danbury Catholic. All but one of her years in her teaching career were with middle school students who she adores. Her other year as an educator was with the preschoolers.
    Abby received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and her masters in administration from Dordt University.
    Abby enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and baking, and learning about new things.

Diane "Dolly" Varner
Preschool

    Dolly Varner has come back to her hometown roots to guide the three and four year olds in preschool. Dolly brings 19 years of teaching experience with her, spending those 19 years with preschoolers at Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
    Dolly graduated from Buena Vista University PK-3 Teacher, Regular Education/Special Education, K-8 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate, K-6 Teacher Elementary Classroom, PK-K Teacher, and PreKindergarten-Kindergarten Classroom. She obtained PK-K Early Childhood Special Education endorsement at UNI.
    Dolly and her partner in crime, Dan Varner have three boys, Nathan, Nicholas and Noel.
    Dolly enjoys spending time in Okoboji and being with her grandkids.

Velma Brant
2nd Grade

    Velma Brant grew up in Danbury, not too far from Danbury Catholic School. She grew up receiving her own education at Danbury Catholic. Her first teaching job was at DC. It seems only right that she comes out of retirement to long-term teach there while the DC staff finds a second grade teacher during this teacher shortage.
    Velma brings 27 years of teaching experience to DC. The Briar Cliff University graduate lives in Anthon with her husband, Dan. They have 4 children, Jessi, Zachary, Nicholas, and Jennie.
    In her spare time, Velma enjoys three things: Reading, reading, and reading.
    "I am happy to be back home in the school that I attended and where I began my teaching career," said Velma. "I am impressed by the amount of technology available to the children here."

Joanne Maynard
5th/6th Grades

    Joanne Maynard guided the fifth and sixth graders at Danbury Catholic School. After a very short "retirement," she returns to school, this time at Danbury Catholic as a long term substitute fifth and sixth grade teacher. Due to teacher shortage, Joanne has agreed to take over her old position she had until her 2020 retirement.
    Joanne grew up in Earling and Onawa. She now lives in rural Rodney with her husband, Mark. They have 5 children, Matt and his wife, Rochelle and their children Max and Emmy; the late Chris and his son, Caden; Robbie and his wife, Audrey and their children Marshall and Cora; Laura and her children Luca and Milo, and Rick.
    Joanne brings 15 years of teaching experience to DC. The Briar Cliff University graduate substituted for one year; worked at Holy Cross in Sioux City for 3 years teaching 6th grade Science, Social Studies, Math, Reading, and Spelling; and taught at MVAO Middle School for 6 years before her previous 4 years at DC. Last year she was a retired teacher, subbing when needed.
    Joanne enjoys reading and crafts.