Dana is a third generation Californian and a Long Beach native with over 30 years of experience working with children. Married in 1980, she graduated from Long Beach City College in 1982 with a degree in Child Development. She continued in Early Childhood Education studies and was certified in 1984. She began teaching in 1983 and accepted the opportunity of becoming a charter teacher at Kid Works when it opened its doors in 1987 at its old location on 7th Street. In 1991 she chose to be a full-time mom and now has two young adult sons, Sam and Luke. During that time she was an active school volunteer, working in the classroom with children of all grades. A lover of history, Dana broadened her volunteerism by becoming a living history participant in many southern California locations and locally as a school docent at Rancho Los Cerritos, where fourth grade students visit as part of their California history curriculum. Dana returned to Kid Works in 2011, becoming a Sun Room teacher in 2012. She continues her education by studying in the University of Wisconsin’s Early Childhood Education Professional Development Program, attending professional conferences and workshops and doing independent study. In her spare time she enjoys sewing, gardening, home projects and being outdoors.
“I felt called to teach since I was about ten years old. The preschool years are a beautiful time of a child’s life–a treasure–and a time when the need for appropriate life experiences are the most critical. I teach because I value the season of life called preschool and want to do all I can to pass on a love of learning, a concern for others and a lifelong curiosity in the things around us.”