I earned a Bachelors degree with honors from the University of Rochester. I received my 0-3 years AMI training from The Montessori Institute of Colorado. I have worked as a Nido lead at MAC since 2009 but previously held the position of Toddler lead and worked in a Primary classroom as a co-teacher. In addition, I have worked as a nanny for 3+ years, as well as a tutor and did after school care for the YMCA.
Personal Info – hobbies, interests, inspirations
I enjoy taking walks, riding bike, hiking, swimming and cooking. I have interest in learning to sew and knit and collect stamps. In addition, I enjoy keeping a good book by my side and am drawn to reading about different religions and modes of prayer. I am inspired by my nieces and nephews, the children I work with, my teammates and my brothers and sisters. Music and dance are an essential part of my life, and I aspire to travel and continually learn.
Montessori Moment – favorite quotes from students, anecdotes
As a Toddler lead, one child asked me where my bed was (at the school.)
When the children I took care of as a nanny were over at my home for a visit, the little boy pointed to my bedroom and asked, “Dana, is that your crib?”
When explaining to children while babysitting that I live in an apartment and that I don’t have a backyard to play in, the children promptly suggested to their mom and dad that I move in.