Hi, I'm Dana, a sustainability educator, curriculum developer, and teacher trainer. I've been teaching children and youth for over a decade, both as a traditional public school teacher and as an informal educator. I hold an MS in Leadership for Sustainability Education, a BA in Sociology and Education, and an active Oregon teaching license.
My work focuses on the intersection of social studies and natural science, exploring how people impact--and are impacted by--the natural world. I'm committed to inquiry-based teaching, critical thinking, reflection, and empathy, and I always encourage students to make real-world connections to what they are learning. I'm also dedicated to trauma-informed, decolonized, and anti-racist pedagogy, which fosters community-building and multicultural inclusion.
My passion for sustainability education began over a decade ago when I worked as a park ranger in my hometown in the Columbia River Gorge. I fell in love with the landscape and the intimate connection that visitors had with it. After earning my teaching license, I taught K-12 classes with an emphasis on social justice, globalization, and consumerism, but I felt limited by conventional teaching methods. That's when I discovered regenerative education, and its radical approach resonated with me. It allowed me to teach with my full self and focus on the how and why of learning as well as the what. Regenerative education gives me hope for the future, knowing that the compassionate, inquisitive, and fearless learners I work with will one day be in charge.