Jody Carbiener Dreyer, UAHS Class of 1979
Dreyer is an author, adviser and recently retired senior executive at The Walt Disney Company. She joined The Walt Disney Company in 1980 and spent over 30 years in various roles. Among her many projects, she had a leadership role as part of the grand opening team of Disneyland Paris. She also served as the Walt Disney World ambassador, the face of the company throughout the world.
How did UA Schools prepare her for success?
Dreyer shared: “I can shut my eyes and remember Windermere Elementary and Mrs. Gardner reading ‘The Secret Garden.’ It was magical, and she brought stories to life. Mr. Stark at Hastings in Spanish opened new worlds, and Mr. Ziegler at the high school made me chew on issues and ideas. These teachers pushed me to think, ask questions, explore, and discover.
“Through many opportunities and programs, there were many areas to jump in including student government, the science fair, pep club, lacrosse stats and yearbook. It was fun to get involved and participate in all sorts of programs and projects. I didn’t always succeed, but I learned to try and try again.
“The spirit of love, compassion and support evident in UA taught me about giving back, looking beyond yourself and reaching out to lend a hand.”