After immersing herself in the Montessori School philosophy as a parent and teacher, Dana became Ojai Valley School’s first pre-kindergarten teacher in 1991. After eleven years, Dana moved into the Kindergarten classroom, where she remains today. Her on-going education includes studying the latest research in child development and participating in early childhood education forums. Dana is an active member of National Association for the Education of Young Children, and she attends many conferences and workshops. She is currently pursuing her bachelors in Early Childhood Development.
One of Dana’s three adult children and two of her six grandchildren attended/attend OVS. Her daughter, Autumn, lives in South Africa, Sarah teaches at OVS, and Nicholas is newly married. Through visiting Autumn, Dana’s advocacy for children and her passion for teaching led her to form the non-profit, A.F.R.I.C.A., Inc (American Families Reaching, Inspiring, Children of Africa). The nonprofit is dedicated to providing and implementing first world education into third world pre-schools in the western cape area of South Africa. Dana’s first school, The Philippi Children’s Centre, was such a success, that the Children’s Campaign Trust of South Africa took it over and it is a thriving Montessori school, financially sustained by South Africa. Ojai Valley School’s primary grade curriculum is used as a basis for The Children’s Centre. Her work in Africa continues to provide children with hope for a better future.