About Mrs. VanderLey

    Choir Director


  • Mrs. VanderLey

  • Hi! I am Cori Jo VanderLey, and I am so excited to be in my third year on the Akimel A-al team! 

    Even though this is going to be a very different teaching experience, I am so proud to be part of this historic educational moment.  I love learning new tech skills and can't wait to explore music through new formats.

    This is my 27th year as a music director, and I have taught in private, charter and public schools at all grade levels.  I am also a professional choreographer and work with local high schools and the Phoenix Girls Chorus.  

    I am a member of the Arizona Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association, and am involved in choir events throughout the state.

    My Bachelor of Arts in Music Education is from Calvin College in Michigan, and my Master of Music in Vocal Music Education is from ASU.  GO SUNDEVILS!!

    I am married with two children: Natalie is starting her college experience at NAU and Tanner is a sophomore at DV.  I also have two adorable dogs: Duncan, a silver lab and Rocky, a pug.

    When I'm not singing and dancing, I am probably baking, watching movies, or listening to music. I am also a big D-Backs fan!  Some of my favorite performances are the ones that include fake cheese!!

    So glad you are in my classes this year!  I know we are going to make beautiful music together!