Explorers: Dana, Marissa, Andrew



Dana moved to North Carolina from the New Jersey shore when her husband, Peter, began teaching 5th grade in Durham County. She taught preschool Head Start in NJ for three years prior to her move and loved it. While touring schools for her daughter Andy, Dana fell in love with The Little School for its focus on child-directed learning, connection to nature as a tool for learning, and the emphasis on school as community that The Little School fosters. Her daughter began attending The Little School and soon after Dana became Lead Teacher of our Pre-K program. Family partnerships and communication are very important to her and she enjoys inviting families into the classroom and welcomes opportunities to share ideas and develop projects in partnership with families.



Marissa has lived in North Carolina for the majority of her life. After graduating from high school, Marissa decided she wanted to pursue her interest in Early Childhood Development so she went right to work at a center in RTP area. After a few years Marissa joined the TLS crew in 2010 and has enjoyed learning so much from the kids and continues to look forward to the many adventures the kids have in store for her. During the time being with TLS Marissa has earned her Early Childhood Credentials and plans to continue her education. Marissa was married in 2009 to her husband Micah, they have 3 kids Alexsys, Jacob and Brooklynn. Marissa enjoys spending as much time with her family as possible, weekend visits to the lake, and listening to music.


Andy recently moved to NC from Ohio with his wife and twins, a boy and girl.  In Ohio Andy graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education.  Last year Andy taught K-5 Physical Education.  He enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, going to the movies and going to the gym.