Born in Charlottesville and raised nearby in Luray, Dana returned to Virginia in 2015 after having lived out of state for several years in the Midwest and in Southern California. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from Bridgewater College, a TESOL Certificate from Oxford Seminars, and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from University of Massachusetts-Boston. Dana’s ESL-teaching journey began in college; she interned as an ESL teacher at a local literacy organization and fell in love with the prospect of utilizing her knowledge to help her students improve their lives. Since then, she has taught ESL classes and tutored private students of all skill levels with varied interests and unique backgrounds. Dana has also taught Citizenship classes and GED classes, but her passion lies in working with adult non-native English speakers, helping them to develop the linguistic and cultural skills they need to succeed in the United States. She has experience learning languages herself and traveling to different countries including Mexico, Ecuador, and Moldova, and she believes strongly that what makes a great teacher is empathy for her students’ experiences and genuine interest in the wonderfully demanding process of language learning.