Semi-native Tucsonan Courtney graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Humanities (Emphasis in English Literature) and a minor in Psychology. While in school, she was a member of The Pride of Arizona, a frequent attendee of the men’s basketball game team (she was at McKale for the team's triple overtime victory against Duke in 1990!), and a regular at Centennial Hall shows.
Professionally, Courtney’s career has centered around the written word. She began in the publicity department of a Los Angeles-based book publisher. Family brought her back to Tucson a year later, and she continued her publishing career as marketing manager for a regional publisher. Eventually, though, she gave into the educational siren song and pursued a life-long dream: becoming a teacher. While earning her K-12 certification, she began the next phase of her life as a 4th grade teacher and then, after two years, made the transition to middle school language arts –– the place where she has spent most of her 16-year teaching career. She also runs her own writing business, with services ranging from grant writing for non-profit corporations to multimedia content creation for entertainment companies.
Being a Wildcat is a true “family affair” for Courtney: she met her husband of almost three decades while at school, and all three of her children have attended or are attending UArizona. Her daughter graduated with a degree in History, while her two sons have/are studying in the School of Music.
Courtney looks forward to working with families and students as they navigate their way through the UArizona experience.