About Mrs. Sweeney

    Welcome to my website! My name is Dana Sweeney and I am the K-3 Reading Specialist for West End and Ivalee elementary schools. As the reading coach, I hope to positively impact our school by supporting growing readers, and new and veteran faculty members as we continue to implement the C.C.R.S.  

      I received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education degree from Jacksonville State University, Master’s degree with a focus on Literacy and Mathematics from The University of Alabama, and my Educational Specialist Degree in Elementary Education from JSU. I am a Highly Certified teacher according to the standards.

          Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to become a teacher and could not imagine myself doing anything else. I believe my purpose as an educator is to provide enriching, challenging, and motivating educational opportunities for all learners. It is my responsibility to nurture the whole child and help develop well balanced students. I continually reflect upon the learning environment and feel it is my duty to provide the best educational practices for students as well as the teachers. It is also my goal to teach children to value learning as an open-ended adventure.

     I have high expectations for all students and I am committed to finding out what works for each. I also believe that the genuine relationships I cultivate with my students and their families contribute significantly to the successes in my classroom. When my students move on, I would like them to reflect fondly upon their experiences with me. I hope they would remember that I made learning fun. I would also like for my students to remember my love for literature and how this passion helped me to motivate them in discovering the wonders of reading. Most of all I want my students to recall that they felt important and loved in my classroom.

    I have been married to my husband Terry for 41 years and together we have two daughters, Emily and Taylor. We are also blessed with the two best son-in-laws in the world, Bo Haynie and B.J. Haamankuli. I am also a Nana! I am the proud grandmother to the most precious little boy, Benjamin and two beautiful little girls, Georgia and Evie. I am so blessed and my heart is complete.