Our wonderful Staff at Dixie Montessori Academy
Born in Erie, Pa. Relocated to California at age 5. Graduated Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, Calif. United States Marine Corps service 1967-1971. Served in Vietnam 1967-1968 where I was awarded Military Order of the Purple Heart for battle wounds. Graduated California State University @ Los Angeles, BA Sociology. Married 48 years to Christie Coberly. We have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Retired peace officer from California Dept. of Corrections with 22 years service; Medical retirement USMC 1971; Retired Dixie State University as Grounds Maintenance Supervisor after 9 years. I have run 5 Saint George Marathons, and 2 half marathons all after age 50. Presently I am living the dream with the wonderful children at DMA.
Richa (pronounced Reesha) Biasi is excited to support the staff and students of Dixie Montessori Academy as the Assessment Coordinator and Reading Interventionist. She received both her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a Literacy Specialist Endorsement (2003) and her Master in Education (2007) degrees from Southern Utah University. Ms. Biasi taught in the public school system in Nevada and Arizona for 11 years in various positions, including classroom teacher, reading interventionist, literacy specialist, and assessment coordinator. She loves that the Montessori method focuses on respect for the child, and she looks forward to increasing her knowledge and training in Montessori so she can best meet the needs of the students at DMA.
Richard graduated from the University of Utah in Occupational Therapy in 2013 and has been providing therapy services to students in school settings ever since. He loves doing Pediatric Occupational Therapy because he gets to create interventions that are fun for kids (and him!). He believes when interventions become fun and therapy becomes play, children make rapid progress toward their goals. He also believes that progress is most rapid when students are supported at home and in the classroom as well as during OT. When he is not engaged in Occupational Therapy he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.