My name is Valerie Doze. I was born in Garden City, Kansas, but moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, with my parents when I was very young. I grew up in Colorado Springs and graduated from Widefield High School in 1979. I attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. I graduated in 1983, with a BA in Elementary Education and Special Education (MR emphasis). I moved to Liberal, Kansas, in 1984, when I began teaching at West Junior High. I taught at West for 12 years before I transferred to McKinley Elementary in 1996. I transferred to McDermott Elementary in 1997 and am still teaching there today. I have always taught in special services classrooms and still enjoy the students that I serve and the new challenges they bring to the classroom every day.
I am married to my husband, Derwin, and have two sons, Killian and Quade. We all love animals and have lots of pets that live at our house (3 dogs, a ferret, a turtle and a fish). My husband and sons like to go 4 -wheeling, but if I go along I usually take a book to read. I have four brothers that all still live in Colorado Springs, in the same neighborhood I grew up in. I visit them as often as possible. Even though Liberal has been my home for many years, I still miss being able to see the mountains whenever I look out the window. There is nothing more beautiful that the Rocky Mountains when they are covered with snow.