Degrees and Certifications:
I'm Mrs. Denise Soukup, one of the inaugural members of the Pack. I am pleased to introduce myself as the 8th Grade Dean. I am excited to continue in my fourth year as a Dean at Trailside Middle School and help grow a community that loves to learn. I am passionate about creating positive experiences within our school. I am looking forward to helping our 8th graders take on the role of leaders of our school and shape Trailside Traditions!
This is my 10th year in LCPS. I have taught 7th and 8th grade science at Seneca Ridge Middle School and 8th grade science here at Trailside Middle School. I am an avid learner and have a passion for science. During my career have visited Space Camp for Educators and flown in Zero Gravity. I know how being excited about learning can make a big difference, so I strive to help all students to develop their interests and passions.
I attended Cornell University for my Bachelors of Science in Biology and my Masters of Arts in Teaching. If you ever get a chance to visit Cornell University, you will quickly learn the local motto, Ithaca is GORGES! I have also completed a certificate through The George Washington University, learning the theory and best practices of Educational Administrators. This summer, I started a Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership focusing on School Improvement at George Washington University, so after school, I will also have homework for the next few years!
I am originally from Long Island, New York and growing up on an island, I have always loved the beach. As a New York native, I don't mind the cold and actually love the snow, especially when I can snowboard or make snow sulptures. So far, I've made a snow caterpillar, snow dragon and plenty of snowmen, but I await Mr. Byard's calls this winter so I can add to my sculpture portfolio!
I am excited about travel and have recently enjoyed some great places by air, land and sea. My big air adventure was a hot air balloon ride over Charlottesville VA and you can see me here, enjoying a bird's eye view of the Blue Ridge Mountians. By land, I have hiked the Cliffs of Moher (Ireland) and the Adirondack Park. By sea, I enjoyed a ferry ride across the San Francisco Bay and Inch Beach on the Dingle Penninsula, Ireland. I have shared these adventures with my husband, colleauges and family members. I feel recharged and excited to kick off a new school year!
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