By: Carissa Zawiski/Sophomore Writer
Mrs. Dana Naylor is a new long term substitute teacher at Blue Ridge. She is filling in Mrs. Graham’s position for the rest of the school year, teaching middle school math. Before coming to Blue Ridge, Naylor was a 2nd grade teacher at Lackawanna Trail.
When we asked Connor Cranage if he was able to understand Naylor’s teaching, he stated, “She explains things very well and likes to get things moving in class. She’s a great teacher and is very nice.”
7th grade student, Sophia Bianchi added, “She explains it a lot more in detail and I feel that she really helps me understand the topics.” Bianchi also mentioned that she thinks her mathematical skills will improve in Naylor’s class.
Naylor is from Clarks Summit, but she currently lives in Factoryville, Pennsylvania. When asked why she teaches, Naylor responded, “I teach because I think it’s important and fun to inspire and empower future generations to learn and succeed.”
Naylor attended Messiah College, where she got her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and she got her Masters from Marywood University in school leadership.
Naylor says that she is most proud of her family. She has a husband and four children that they both love and adore. Naylor added that she took 5 years off teaching to raise her children and wants to come back with a part time job as a substitute.
Naylor’s plans for the future are to continue to teach and inspire others, and she is excited to be here at Blue Ridge.
Carissa Zawiski is a sophomore in high school who loves to try new things! She keeps herself entertained with cheerleading and spending time with friends and family. She hopes to attend college after high school and get a degree in teaching. She sees teaching as something she would love to do, and help others understand how important education is.