Alana was born and raised in New Jersey. She earned her BA from Bennington College where she studied Psychology and Cultural Anthropology. She was deeply impacted by the inquiry and exploration based education she received at Bennington. During college, she spent a lot of her time working at the local elementary school as a teacher’s assistant. She has had a number of internships in the field of education and social change, which include The Family Center at Bank Street College of Education, The Interfaith Center of New York and The Museum of Jewish Heritage. After college, Alana moved to New York City where she taught Pre-K for two years. Seeking a change, she made the move to New Orleans where she was a founding team member of a turn-around charter school where she taught 1st Grade for three years. Alana received her teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education through the New Orleans division of The New Teacher Project called TeachNOLA. Alana cares deeply about teaching students to be critical thinkers that approach the world with an open mind, a love for learning, and empathy for all. Alana is looking forward to her second year teaching at New LA Elementary and continuing to grow with our organization. In her spare time, Alana enjoys reading, listening to records, traveling, playing tennis, and spending time with her dog, Althea.