Our Staff

Our Administrative Staff 2018-04-20T13:25:16+00:00

Our Administrative Staff

Our administrative staff is here to lend support to our entire school community, and  are happy to answer your questions and facilitate communication.

Suzette Smith – Head of School

Suzette began working in the field of early childhood by teaching music and creative dramatics to young children while attending San Jose State. She was introduced to Montessori while taking a class at DVC and taught by long time DVMS teacher, Kay Kindorf. After earning her Montessori Certificate, Suzette joined DVMS in 1978. She worked as head teacher of the outdoor classroom, a preschool/kindergarten half day class and started the first full day preschool/kindergarten class in the fall or 1982. Years later she attended a degree completion program at Pacific Union College to earn a BA in Early Childhood Education. Suzette has been the administrator at DVMS since June of 2009. In her spare time she enjoys singing with Cantare Con Vivo, playing with her two grandchildren and traveling with her husband.

Deborah Donnelly – Business Manager

Deb began working in 1994 when her two daughters attended DVMS.  She took a brief hiatus when her third daughter was born and returned in 1997.  Prior to joining DVMS, Deb worked as an associate for Technology Funding Venture Capital.  Deb also worked at Paine Webber in the Municipal Investment Banking Division and as a financial analyst for Bechtel’s Nuclear Fuel Operations.  Deb graduated from UC Davis with degrees in Economics and Business Administration.

Deb can be found most weekends watching her daughters play soccer and volleyball.  She enjoys traveling and having a good laugh. Deb and her husband Kevin Fisher own and operate the Downtown Walnut Creek ACE Hardware.

Sheryl Flitton – Office Manager

Sheryl joined the DVMS family in 2016 after working as a preschool teacher for a few years. Prior to that, she devoted her time to raising her two children, both of whom attended a local Montessori school during their preschool years. Sheryl earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Minor in Child Development from California State University, Sacramento.

Born in Minnesota, Sheryl spent most of her early years in Houston and New Orleans before moving to the Bay Area in the early 1980s. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, and watching local sporting events.

Briana MacDonald – Administrative Assistant

Briana joined DVMS in 2017. Prior to DVMS, Briana was a senior account representative at a global apparel company, and spearheaded their market expansion to the west coast. Briana has always worn multiple hats in her customer service career and her adaptability is supplemented by her fundamentally creative background in the aesthetic arts.

On the weekends, Briana is either traveling or hiking, always enjoying the striking scenery our local landscapes have to offer. She is originally from the NY metro area, and tends to have a quicker step than most.