My name is Dr. Stephen Danna, and I am the SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury Branch Campus Dean where I teach education classes and support our fine programs, staff, and students.

We all have life shifting moments in our lives, and mine occurred while guest speaking at a small middle school in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 25 years ago. I began the session full of confidence and swagger, but quickly succumbed to the challenges of a rambunctious, bored group of 200 middle school children. Long story short, I recovered and spoke from the heart. Rather than lecture, I connected. The table had been set. My passions for science and the greater realization of a deep, unabiding desire to make a difference in the world led to a dramatic career shift. I left a successful, five-year budding career as an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office to teach public school science. Since that fortuitous day in Bay St. Louis Middle School, I’ve served as an educator and school administrator seeking to change the system and help ensure all students are provided a rigorous and relevant program.

Children come to school with varying levels of experience and ability, and it is up to teachers and administrators to prepare each child for lifelong, self-directed success and learning. National trends and international test comparisons suggest we can and must do more to prepare students for success, and I believe through smart school reform and accountability systems we can make significant progress in improving student achievement. The stakes are too high to do otherwise.


4 responses to “About

  1. Homer, Alaska? That’s my sister’s favorite town (she has lived in Juneau, Anchorage, and now lives in Valdez). I enjoyed your posts, and look forward to sharing the work we are all doing to bring the Common Core to life in our schools.

  2. Awesome! We loved Alaska, and I hope we make it back someday.

    We’re going to have a great experience in our collaboration.

  3. Gidday Stephen…..Mack from down under here…
    just recently I was engaging with this bloke Doug Cotton on the internet. He’s been a teacher all his life….some 40yrs or so. You might probably empathise well with him.
    I start out talking to him quite nicely here….
    But then I’ve finally lost my patience with him here….
    Kind regards,

    • Thanks, Mack. I imagine your weather has been more pleasant than ours up here in the Polar Vortex. Not sure what to say regarding the IR research. All I can say is the science is very complex, more so than this simple blogger can comprehend. So I’ll continue pushing for society to get off fossil fuels, plan for a hotter planet, and think about world population. Peace. Steve

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