Denise Mauss graduated from Kee High School in Lansing, Iowa in 2001. In 2005, she graduated from Coe College majoring in Elementary Education. She was a substitute teacher for two years and then taught 7th grade at North Scott in Eldridge, Iowa for two years. In 2009, Denise started teaching 6-8 grades at Postville. She continued teaching, and started working on her masters degree in Professional School Counseling. She switched to the school counselor role in 2013, and has been enjoying this position ever since. Denise is married to Pete and has two children, Noah and Emma.