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Faculty & Staff

Denise Danko

“One of my treasured memories of Valley School is the first time I came to campus and was surrounded by its beauty! It truly is magical! Even after so many years here, I often stop what I’m doing and take a moment to step outside just to be a part of it!”
Reading Specialist

Denise Danko started her teaching career in a small rural school in Youngstown, Pennsylvania. Her passion for teaching led her to Valley School of Ligonier where she became the Reading Specialist. “I have always loved teaching, and my choice to be in a small school setting was deliberate. I love being a part of our family atmosphere, which enables me to give my students what they need, when they need it.” Denise received a master’s degree in the 90s and has continued her studies through professional development opportunities in Boston, California, Virginia, Washington, DC, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
Denise spends her free time hosting international graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University and traveling with her husband, Michael. Upcoming destinations include California’s Redwood Forest and their daughter’s home in Maine.
“It’s hard to believe I have been at Valley for thirty years! I am thankful to be a part of this amazing place alongside these amazing people!”

Valley School of Ligonier

Address: 153 Lupine Lane, Rector PA 15677
Mail: PO Box 616 Ligonier, PA 15658
Phone: (724) 238-6652  Fax: (724) 238-6838
In an environment that is safe, challenging, nurturing, and disciplined, Valley School provides a balanced and strong program of study for a diverse group of children. Our goal is to stimulate in each young person lifelong habits of moral behavior, seeking wisdom, and doing good works for others.
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