Deidre Holmberg is a transplanted New Yorker who has called the Tri-Cities home since 2003. She has been a part of the Delta High School project since 2008, when she was asked by the Pasco School District to serve on the Core Planning Team as a science teacher representative. Later that year, she was hired as the planning principal for Delta High School. As principal, she has worked with local, state, and national organizations to build “American High School 2.0” and a highly personalized, welcoming STEM school for Tri-Cities’ students and their families. Under Mrs. Holmberg’s leadership, Delta High School has focused on increasing student learning with augmented technology, standards-based grading, industry-grade engineering programs, teacher collaboration, massive community engagement, integrated project work, and inquiry-based thinking.
Mrs. Holmberg graduated as a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Biology in 1996 from the State University of New York College at Oswego. She taught biology and authentic science research at Yorktown High School in Yorktown Heights, New York. In 1999, she earned her Master of Science in Natural Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and accepted a position teaching integrated math-science at the American School of Milan in Noverasco, Italy. In September 2001, Mrs. Holmberg moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to teach AP Biology and to serve as the Saudi Arabian International School’s AP Program Coordinator. Returning to the United States in 2003, she taught summer school in the Richland School District and signed on to become a Pasco Bulldog in 2004. She taught biology, was an instructional coach, and science department co-chair at Pasco High School. She completed her administrative internship at Pasco High School and worked on her administrative credentials at Heritage University.
Deidre Holmberg is considering doctoral programs in STEM education, educational policy, and public school reform. She intends to earn her superintendent’s credentials and to eventually return to serve international school students. She remains a Pasco employee proudly serving students and families from the Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland School Districts.