Teacher for Discoverers’ Class (Preschool) & Art Teacher
Dana’s formal education reflects her diverse interests and passions. She completed her BA in Art at Pacific University in 1997, and obtained an interdisciplinary master’s degree, focusing on Spiritual Traditions and Ethics, from Marylhurst University in 2005. Dana is fascinated by the way in which artists from various cultures represent spiritual experience.
Dana moved to Port Townsend with her husband, Brian, in August of 2010 and began working with students at Swan School that same year. Prior to teaching at Swan, Dana spent nine years in Portland, Oregon, working as a nanny, preschool teacher, and art instructor. She taught a wide variety of art classes and camps for preschool and K-6 students at the Multnomah Art Center. She also taught preschool at The Marylhurst School, a highly regarded early childhood center that emphasizes experiential learning, artistic self-expression, and emotional intelligence.
When she is not teaching or creating art, Dana loves to explore the Pacific Northwest, in both urban and wild environments. Dana and Brian can often be found hiking around the peninsula, or making a pilgrimage to the Seattle Art Museum.
Swan School is very lucky to have Dana with us to teach both preschool and art, she is amazingly proficient at both. One of her art students recently stated, “I love Dana, she is nice, great at art, and she is a great friend too!” And we are certain that her preschool students agree.