Phone: 208-578-5050 ext. 2528


Degrees and Certifications:

BA: Elementary Education, University of Arizona Post Baccalaureate, Instructional Leadership Vanguard University IMSE Orton Gillingham Comprehensively Trained

Ms. Ballis


Hi there! 

My name is Desi Ballis and this is my first year at Ernest Hemingway STEAM school. My family and I are originally from Tucson, AZ. We are a USMC veteran family and just wrapped up the last eight years in San Diego, CA. We are thrilled to be experiencing life in one of the most amazing places in the world with our kiddos!

This is my 13th year as an educator. I have taught all grade levels TK-5th and have spent the last five years as an instructional leader. I led a district in the implementation of Common Core math for grades TK-2 and transitioned to ELA in 2016. I often refer to myself as a Professional Cheerleader of Teachers. I’m a lifelong learner and firm believer that everything in life should be done with passion and enthusiasm, especially education! (It’s why exclamation points were invented). 

I strive to make learning an unforgettable experience and am honored to be a part of the wonderful family here at Hemingway.