Dana is a 5th generation educator with 15 years of experience within formal and informal education environments. As a young girl, she spent her free time dragging her friends and family throughout DC on the Metro visiting her favorite museums and gardens. The community became a "second school," of sorts, which inspired her to create Ayanna's Place.
Following her passion for "educational spelunking"--not actual cave spelunking-- she has found herself working in places like the Camp Moss Hollow, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Capital Children’s Museum, DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative,public schools throughout DC, MD, and VA and most recently the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington, DC.
Dana holds a BFA in Theatre Education from Howard University and an EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard University.