Dana Smith is native New Yorker, born and raised on Long Island. She began her teaching career as an Elementary Reading Interventionist and joined PS8 as a full-time teacher in 2014. Dana loves being in the classroom — getting to know her students, witnessing their accomplishments, and supporting them through their challenges. She says, “It’s amazing to see students tackle little milestones each day, and then all of a sudden, BOOM! They’re reading chapter books or writing paragraphs and they are astonished that they’re able to accomplish such tasks. It’s witnessing the little moments day after day that lead up to the big ones that is my favorite part about teaching.”
Outside of school, Dana loves traveling, reading, exercising, and spending time with her family and her dog, Romeo.