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Dana O'Day (Mrs. O'Day)

Date of hire: 2017

My favorite children's book/story:

The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carl

Fun facts about me:

I enjoy putting on music and dancing around my house.

Why did you decide to work with preschoolers?

I decided I wanted to work with children after spending time in my mom's classroom. My mom was an elementary school teacher for 40 years. She taught 1st grade. Whenever I had the opportunity I would go and help her in her classroom. That is when I knew I wanted to pursue a field that involved working with children.

What do you love the most about teaching/working with little ones?

Children bring me so much joy. They have such curious minds. It fascinates me how children get excited over the smallest things. Everyday I work with children I learn something new. They are little teachers. I have this wonderful energy when I work with children, and I laugh a lot. It is the best job.

From your perspective, what makes the Children's Center so special?

As soon as I walked into Children's Center Preschool, I felt this is where I belong. I immediately felt a sense of warmth and caring from the staff. I have never walked into a preschool with such positive vibes. The directors are so wonderful and that is why their teachers are so happy. It is a family here, and they have welcomed me into it. That is why I love working at Children's Center.