Desert Jewish Academy/East Valley Jewish Day School

Our students receive a firm foundation in academic and Judaic studies through a challenging and integrated curriculum exceeding state standards. Students are encouraged to celebrate their unique qualities as they learn respect for varied approaches to Judaism while embracing diverse cultures.
Location: Chandler , Arizona
Year founded: 1999


My name is Emily Zappa. I have worked at the Desert Jewish Academy for 16 years. I began as a teacher here and quickly found that this school was much more than a school. It became my home away from home. The students, staff, and parents became my family. Together, we worked hard to form a very special community called the Desert Jewish Academy. I have been the Head of School for the last 6 years. Both of my children attend the DJA and Camp: Destination (the DJA summer camp). I come to work every day with the goal of promoting quality education and programming in our community. I absolutely love what I do and feel so privileged to share my love of learning with others.

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