Dana Brettell


Dana Brettell has been teaching languages and traveling with TA students since 2001. Prior to coming to TA, she taught in several schools in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  She is a graduate of Burke Mountain Academy and Middlebury College. Dana studied French at Middlebury College, and Spanish in Mexico, Spain and California.

Dana appreciates TA’s small size and supportive nature, which, she notes, “allows teachers to engage students in many different ways and capacities,” and helps to build strong, positive relationships among a diverse student body.

An avid traveler, Dana has lived in Wyoming, California, and Maine and has spent significant time in France, Spain, and Honduras. She and her husband have four grown sons, two of whom are TA graduates. When not teaching, Dana reads, hikes, bikes, cooks, gardens, and enjoys music and art.


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