Instructional Aide




All subjects

Other Roles/Responsibilities:

Drop off and pick up duty

About Denise Ott Snyder

Hi! My name is Denise Ott Snyder. This is my first year working at FAEP. My husband, Marc, and I have been married 37 years and we raised three amazing kids named Chip, Cody and Courtney. Of all my accomplishments those are the three I am most proud of! I have been working with children for the past 35 years in Montessori schools, Home Schooling, Children’s Ministry, Substitute Teaching and Preschool settings.

B.A. English- Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Work Experience:

2016-Present:  Foothills Academy Elementary Instructional Aide
2012-2014:  The Goddard School Lead Teacher Pre-K
2013-2014:  St. Joan of Arc Preschool Lead Teacher Pre-K
2010-2011:  Foothills Academy, Ventana, Freedom Academy, Our Lady of Joy Substitute Teacher
2006-2011:  Scottsdale First Assembly Administrative Assistant/Vacation Bible School Director

The best thing about my role: The best thing about my role is getting to meet and work with children of all different levels. The teachers are amazing and it’s really a joy to know them.

Some of my favorite things:

  • Color: Red
  • Food: I’m a vegan so I would have to say VEGGIES!!
  • Book: I’m reading the Percy Jackson series right now
  • Subject: I always loved Math and English (especially Creative Writing)
  • Hobby: Cooking
  • Sports Team: The Michigan State University SPARTANS! They are my Alma Mater. Go Green!!

If I wasn’t doing what I do now, I would be: There are so many things I would like to pursue! I love to cook, so maybe a catering service that caters to families on the go. I would love to help women as a midwife or doula. I have also thought it might be a good idea to provide “Nanny” services for kids who are too sick to come to school. Home schooling Special Needs kids would also be a job I would love.

Why did you choose to become an aide?
I love children and truly feel that I have a calling to work with them and encourage them to be the best they can be.