A note from Dana…

I have spent the last 19 years working as a classroom teacher and school administrator in Colorado, Norway and Quebec. I have gained valuable experience in how to motivate, inspire and entertain students. I am now taking my classroom experiences (both good and bad!) to share practical, proven strategies with educators so they can take these and use them effectively in their classrooms – immediately! I also help them feel self-value and to feel proud of the profession they have chosen because they definitely will make a difference in the lives of students. As a successful teacher, educational leader, and consultant I promise to teach, motivate, and inspire educators in my on-site or virtual school trainings and school district keynotes. Please contact me today to find out more

My Work

If schools were permitted to have just one training, this is the one!

This training will help to raise test scores for your students, decrease discipline challenges, and improve classroom rapport. You will learn how to meet students where they are and lead them where they need to be, capture attention, and promote deeper learning.

How much would student achievement increase if students were on task 5, 10, or even 20 hours more each week?

Educators realize that we are losing precious instruction time to pesky low-level discipline challenges. We all must realize that academics and discipline go hand in hand. An educator can be the best content instructor on campus but without the ability to control the classroom, the best lessons will remain undelivered.

What could be accomplished if student discipline challenges decreased 70% or more?

If you want to increase student achievement, you must first put a system in place for discipline that empowers your teachers improve behaviors of students in the classroom. You can provide your staff with world-class training on classroom management to help you achieve these goals.


Professional Speaker on Classroom Management and Student Engagement; Staff Trainer

I am a veteran teacher and current middle school administrator with over 18 years of experience teaching World Languages and English. I expect to complete my EdD in Educational Leadership in the fall of 2019. Building off of my own growth as a teacher, I am dedicated to providing schools with techniques to minimize off-task behavior and to increase time on task.

My philosophy about teaching is simple. I agree with Madeline Hunter when she said, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!” Sometimes the subject matter in our classrooms can’t compete with the “drama” in their lives. The main ingredient missing in a lot of our classrooms today is a “connection with kids.” I also believe teachers don’t need any more theory and new, trendy programs with catchy names.

I believe teachers need to be given research based, proven, practical strategies and applications that teachers can start implementing immediately – without throwing anything out that is working in their classroom. Dana also believes educators have the toughest job in America as they are asked every day to wear many different hats – mom, dad, nurse, counselor, teacher, advisor, judge, jury, lawyer – just to name a few.

I understand that time is of the essence for teachers and that they want to spend more time planning fun and engaging lessons, and less time dealing with off-task behaviors. I know the importance of balancing a family life with a busy career in education.  

Upcoming Speaking Engagements


  • Nov. 2: CAMLE (Colorado Association for Middle Level Educators) Conference- Thornton, CO
  • Nov. 6: TED conference, New Orleans, LA
  • Nov. 8: CoTesol Conference (Colorado Teachers of English as a Second Language)- Aurora, CO
  • Nov. 9: CAEA (Colorado Art Educators Association) Conference- Breckenridge, CO (2 sessions)


  • Feb. 17-19: ATE (Association of Teacher Educators) Conference, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Mar. 12-14: CSCTFL (Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), Minneapolis, MN


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