Hi Dana, tell us a little about your passions outside of work.
I love going on new adventures, spending time with my friends and family and trying to get out of my comfort zone. I'm a huge film buff! I love making my own little short films and supporting the work and creativity of other independent filmmakers. Music is another big passion of mine. I'm putting a lot of effort currently into learning piano which has long been on my to-do list. So far it's been difficult but as long as I can get to the point of leading some Christmas carols during the holidays I'll be satisfied.
What is your role at CMASAS?
I'm an enrollment counselor. Think of me as a hub for any and all questions, concerns, inquiries or polite conversations surrounding our school.
What would you want someone unfamiliar with CMASAS to know about the school?
CMASAS is truly unique in the level of support we offer to guide a student to academic success. Between our PECs, Course Instructors, IT, Administration, and everyone else in the faculty, we are a team of educators, life-coaches, and all around good people who are totally committed to being there for our students and helping them utilize their full potential.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Getting to talk to people from all over the world! Regardless of whether parents enroll their students with us or not, getting to know people on a personal level is always eye-opening and engaging and I try to learn something from everyone I encounter.
What inspired you to want to work at an online school that emphasizes personalized education vs a site-specific traditional school?
What keeps going through my head when I talk to parents about CMASAS is how much I would have loved an educational model like this growing up. My passion was filmmaking but it was always difficult to juggle good grades, an active social life and film projects all at once. Usually, when I would have to make sacrifices it would be my passion projects that would suffer. CMASAS treats things differently. Filmmaking could have been incorporated into my curriculum. I could have put so much care and attention into a documentary about a historical subject instead of forcing myself to write a paper. Tapping into what makes a student excited to learn, what makes them actually have FUN on the path to discovery, that's what it all about and I get so much joy out of presenting those opportunities for students.
What is a goal or dream that you are currently working towards?
I want to travel more! I realized after starting at CMASAS and seeing how wide our reach is across the globe that there's a whole world out there I'm not seeing. I think understanding a person's environment is a big factor in understanding people as individuals.
What is one piece of advice that you would offer students today?
Don't be afraid of the things that make you unique because those are the things that end up making you successful.
How can parents and students contact you?