DeEtta earned her teaching credential at Southern Oregon College in Ashland, Oregon, and taught for 10 years in two communities near Medford. Her experience in Oregon includes teaching grades 2, 3/4, 4, 5/6, and 6, and also serving as a special education resource teacher. She then moved to Alaska, where she taught in Port Graham 4 years and Seward (16 years). In Port Graham, DeEtta taught grades K-10, and was the principal/teacher. In Seward, she taught grades 3, 3/4, and 6. DeEtta especially enjoys teaching reading and language arts.