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Dana Shearer

Faculty Information
Location(s) Lower School
Title(s) Lower School Grade 2
Contact Information
School Email
  (Primary)
School Phone
(828) 274-0758   x383
Education
Degree(s) Bachelor of Arts- Cum Laude, University of Florida 2004
Master of Arts in Teaching, Converse College 2012
Other Information
2013 
 
Dana Shearer is a Lower School second grade teacher. She joined CDS in 2013. Dana previously taught elementary school in South Carolina. She is also in her ninth year of work for Outward Bound, providing opportunities for character development through challenging outdoor experiences. Dana gradated from the University of Florida Cum Laude in 2004. She also earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Converse College in 2012.
 
Get to know Dana Shearer Havner:
 
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? At CDS, I have the power to foster authentic communication, exploration, and compassion with my students as we build a community of learners. CDS students are ready and eager to creatively face challenges and rise to their highest potentials.”
 
What do you like most about your job at CDS? I value the relationships I build with my students and their families. Working closely in partnership with parents is a unique attribute that is foundational at CDS.”
 
In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions? First, CDS provides a safe and secure space for each student to step into learning, risk-taking, and exploration. Bonds are formed between teachers and peers that allow children to engage in discovery and follow their curiosity. The learning environment at CDS encourages students to be an active participant in their learning by questioning and chasing their creative thoughts and wonderings. Our supportive learning environment and skillful staff help students engage in self-discovery through experience and reflection.”
 
How would you describe your classroom? My classroom is a place of warmth and laughter. I love having fun with my students and I work hard to involve them in building our classroom community. Children know their emotional safety is a priority in my classroom, so they are willing to step out of their comfort zones and take risks. In my classroom, failure is a stepping stone in the learning process along the path to success. Both the academic and social components of a young child’s educational experience are fed in my classroom.”
 
What books and authors inspire you? Shel Silverstein inspires me. He is silly and creative and conveys a passion in his work. He reminds me not to take myself too seriously and to let go to have fun with my kids. Responsive Classroom resources greatly inform routines and teaching in my student-centered classroom. The Orton-Gillingham approach reminds me of the importance to differentiate my instruction and meet each learner where he or she is.”
 
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.”
 
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? Lives for fostering the potential of joyful, lifelong learners.”
 
Which classroom projects/events are you known for? Second grade is known for our Westward Expansion unit. As students learn about the pioneers’ travel, they have a variety of opportunities to creatively interact with history, including forming a wagon family, building their own wagon, dressing as a pioneer, role playing in leadership roles to make decisions on “the trail,” and painting a landscape scene.”
 
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? I love to spend time outdoors, camping and hiking, with my husband and dog. I enjoy listening to and creating music. I am passionate about finding the most delicious gluten-free fare in town!”
 
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? CDS is actually very similar to what I experienced as a child in school. This nurturing, challenging, creative learning environment is an incredible place to learn as a child and an incredible place to work as a teacher. For me, teaching at CDS has turned a teaching job into a career!”
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