Dana has a Masters of Education in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and over 20 years of classroom experience in both independent and public schools. She first worked as a teaching artist in Pennsylvania and Ohio teaching creative movement. At Allegheny College she designed and implemented a third-year education course and supervised students in their college field experience. She served as coordinator for over 15 years in the Creating Landscapes Summer Program on the Allegheny Campus where she founded the Novice Program. In 2011, with the help of many, she founded The Creating Landscapes Learning Center School. She is continually inspired by the enthusiasm and commitment from the families in our growing learning community. Dana dances through life with her three children Maxwell, Adaline, and August 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, ukulele, and drum.
Emily studied English and Early Childhood Education at Kent State University, where she spent several years teaching at the Child Development Center lab school. She has ten years of experience working with young children. Emily and her children, Cooper and Willow, have been involved in the Summer Landscapes program since 2010; she also coordinates the Co-Motion program for babies and toddlers.
Ellen is a former faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education where she taught for five years at the University's Falk Laboratory School. During that time, she taught Middle School Math and Middle School Language Arts. She also served as a mentor teacher to graduate interns. Prior to that, she taught Middle School Math in the School District of Lancaster. She earned her B.A. from Allegheny College, and her Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. She holds certifications in Elementary Education, Middle School Mathematics, Middle School Science, and Middle School Language Arts. She and her husband relocated to the Meadville area in 2012, and since that time have welcomed two amazing children to their family.
Claire has a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Furman University. She has taught music in schools and churches for the past 12 years as a general music educator, choir director, and as a private voice instructor. She and her husband, Doug, have just recently moved to Meadville with their young children Silas and Louisa ("Lou"). Claire will also be offering Music & Me early childhood music education classes this Fall through the Meadville Council on the Arts.
Sarah studied English Literature and Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2005. She spent several years working with kids of various ages as a drama instructor and was recently the Artistic Director at the Academy Theatre. As the Artistic Director, Sarah oversaw all of the theater’s education programs for kids aged 3 to 17. She has been involved in the Summer Landscapes Program for the last few years, where she works with the Novices and Apprentices.
Taylor received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Allegheny College. Her undergraduate research looked at issues of food security in Meadville, PA. She began working with youth around issues of health and wellness as a result of this work. After college, Taylor spent 3 years working in a number of schools, grades K-12, to develop and teach food and agriculture-based curriculum. Her first year was spent teaching about food and agriculture to K-12 students in Boston; she then returned to Meadville to do the same work with 6-12 grade students. Taylor also co-directs the summer youth program "Grow Meadville" where students work and learn in the MARC community garden. Taylor is excited to work with students of all ages, especially if it involves cooking
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