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.
When not in the classroom, I can you be found
Dancing, traveling the world, or having family time. I’m a mom of three and a grandmother of seven!
Favorite place at Lower Campus
My classroom. Teaching is my passion and after 37 years I am delighted to go to school everyday.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s about family, love, moral values, resiliency, magic, perseverance, and it’s all wrapped up in a fantasy that takes place in a chocolate factory. (Did I mention that I love chocolate?)
Favorite OVS tradition
Campus Lighting. Every class participates in a beautiful celebration of our winter holiday.
One thing students don’t know about me
My eldest daughter, Autumn, married into a farming family in Cape Town, South Africa, so I visit there often. In 2005, the Philippi Children’s Centre, was set to close. This meant that the township children would be sent back into the townships with very little to no supervision, and the farming laborer’s children would be left unattended in the fields as their parents worked. I immediately applied for our OVS educational grant, and by June of that year had formed a nonprofit, A.F.R.I.C.A, Inc (American Families Reaching, Inspiring, Children of Africa). I went over and within a two-month period, I completely redid the impoverished school from top to bottom. From painting the classrooms, installing new floors, putting in educational materials, to teaching child development, I managed to make it a fully functioning school. Today it is a Montessori school with an accredited teaching staff and more than 200 enrolled students.