• Mrs. Carmody-Burns
    Name: Dana Carmody-Burns
    Grade: 1
    Phone Ext: 3071
    Room #: 23
     
       After graduating from The Richard Stockton College of NJ in 2001 with a degree in literature, I wasn't sure where I wanted my life to take me. I spent a year traveling, visiting many states and countries, getting to experience other cultures and meet many amazing people. When I came home, I found a long-term substitute position at Pennsauken High School (where I'd graduated from in 1997!)and taught Basic Skills math to sophomores and juniors. This decision was a turning point in my life.  At the end of the experience I knew that I needed to become an advocate for children, and that a career spent in the service of others could be creative, energizing, and rewarding.
         I went back to school, first studying creative nonfiction writing at the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies, and then education at the Richard Stockton College of NJ.  I graduated in 2006, and that same year was hired at Chairville School as a one-on-one assistant in a third grade class.  
         In 2007, I started teaching fifth grade at Chairville, and since then I have been all over the school!  I taught first grade for three years, fifth grade for another year, and then moved to fourth grade. I love teaching writing...and reading...and science..and math...and well...everything! No matter what grade level I am working with, I am consistently amazed by my colleagues, students, and their families.  I feel lucky to come to work each day surrounded by people who are smart, hard working, and passionate. 
          When I am not teaching, I enjoy yoga, reading, spending time with friends and family, gardening, traveling, and going to the beach.  I live near Long Beach Island and waitress in the summer.  In everything I do, I try to model my expectations for my students: work hard, be kind, and make good choices.