3435 Canyon Crest Ave.
Washington, UT 84780
T: 435.652.4787
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5th Grade Team

Kirt Keeler

Mr. Keeler

Position: 5th Grade Teacher

Classroom #: 5

E-mail: kirt.keeler@washk12.org

Grade Websiteyayfirstgrade.com

Class Website: https://sites.google.com/a/washk12.org/keelers-site/

Getting to Know Me: I graduated from high school in Alamogordo, NM in 1992. I served an LDS mission to Spain and speak Spanish.  I graduated from Dixie College (Go Rebels!) in 1996 and married my sweet wife in December of that same year.  We have 6 wonderful children ranging in age from 18 years to 4 years old. My oldest son is serving an LDS mission in California; speaking Spanish. I love teaching and thoroughly enjoy working with people and children. My favorite hobbies include: sports, computers, theater, singing, and reading. 


Daralyn Potter

Ms. D. Potter

Position: 5th Grade Teacher

Classroom #: 6

E-mail: daralyn.potter@washk12.org

Class Website: http://potterclassweb.wix.com/5thgrade

Getting to Know MeI have lived in Southern Utah my entire life. I attended Washington County schools and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Dixie State College. I have a K-6 Licensure with ESL and Gifted Endorsements. I enjoy watching movies, working on various craft projects, throwing dinner parties, and spending time with those I love. My favorite place to visit is New York City, but I’d love to live in England one day. I have a wide variety of interests, but my kids usually discover that I’m a big nerd as we talk about Harry Potter or Star Wars and everything in between.


Ms. L. Bennett

Position: 5th Grade Teacher

Classroom #: 2

E-mail: laura.bennett@washk12.org

Getting to Know Me: I graduated from Utah State University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. I did 8 weeks of student teaching in Rosendal, Norway. I love spending time with my children and teaching them is my passion. Some of my other passions include: superheroes, yoga, reading, and playing with my puppy.



Mrs. Messano

Position: 5th Grade Teacher

Classroom #: 10

E-mail: leslie.messano@washk12.org

Getting to Know MeMy husband and I have three fantastic children and eight adorable grandchildren.  After serving 26 years in the US Army, including all the moving that accompanies military life, my husband retired and we happily chose southern Utah as our final destination. We enjoy hiking in the area, reading amazing books, and spending time with our extended family. We also have two humongous house cats, Jack and Mr. Bella, which give us endless entertainment.

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colorado State University – Pueblo (with the inclusion of Brigham Young University credits) with a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Studies and a Minor in Education. I taught fourth and fifth grade in Colorado Springs before moving to St. George. While at Coral Canyon Elementary School I have taught third and fifth grade.

This year I look forward to working with committed staff and dedicated parents to provide the best possible education for our students. I believe every child can learn given the right support and opportunity. I enjoy providing new learning experiences, discoveries, and connections to prepare students for the future.  My goal is for every child to be individually challenged to his or her full potential, and to celebrate every success along the way. 

Coral Canyon Elementary School