Dana Hunter Yeager, Educational Director
Dana has a Masters of Education in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and 13 years of classroom experience in both independent and public school. At Allegheny College she designed and implemented a third-year education course, as well as supervised students in the college field experience. She has served as a coordinator for over 15 years in the Creating Landscapes Summer Program at Allegheny College where she founded the Novice Program. Dana dances through life with her three children Max, Adaline, and Gus, and her husband Scott.
Dan earned a Masters in the Art of Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education in 2011. He is certified in both Elementary Education and Middle School Mathematics. While a graduate student, he was selected to intern and student-teach at the university’s renowned Falk School. Dan has been an active member in the Creating Landscapes summer program since 2000, having worked and played as a student, intern, and faculty member. He also worked in the Middle School Arts Immersion and High School Gifted/Talented Programs for four years. In addition to being an educator, Dan performs in plays put on both in the community and by Allegheny College and loves playing music on the guitar, harmonica, and drum.
Amber Van Dusen
Amber holds a Fine Arts degree from Edinboro University of PA. Her specialty is sculpture, though she has studied painting in various places – SACI of Firenze, Italy being her most influential. This is her first year teaching within the Creating Landscapes program, though she has ten years of experience working with children of all ages. In addition to being our visual arts instructor, Amber serves an aide in the classroom and incorporates her art into literacy center activities and math class. Amber’s masterpiece to date is creating and sharing a life with her son of five years.
Cynthia earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in December 2010. She also has Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Photojournalism from the University of Florida. She also loves reading folk tales, writing poetry, backyard gardening, and all kinds of fiber arts. Although Cynthia is new to the Creating Landscapes family, she has a strong passion for infusing the arts in education and a lot of creative energy! Her greatest works of art are her three children—Gwendolen, Meredith, and Branwen—who she is raising with her husband, Eric.