Degrees and Certifications:
BA Math and Science SUNY PotsdamBS Medical Technology SUNY Upstate Medical CenterMasters of Education The University of New England
Mrs. Dana Cook
Teaching is actually a second career for me. In my first career I was a Medical Technologist in several hospitals. I began working at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Syracuse. I then transferred to Reading Medical Center in Reading Pennsylvania where I served as the Hematology laboratory supervisor. I then relocated back to NYS and became the Laboratory Manager at Rome Hospital.
After several years, I became a proud mother of two beautiful girls. My husband and I agreed that I should stay at home at least part-time, so I worked for Centrex Laboratories for several years.
I took the opportunity to visit and volunteer at my daughter's classroom and was hooked. I started taking classes at Utica College I would need to become certified to teach in NYS. After my classes and certification were complete, I accepted a position at South Lewis Middle School as a Science 8 teacher. I taught 8th grade for 4 years and now have been teaching 7th grade for 7 years.
My experience in the medical field has provided me many real-life experiences that I bring into the classroom.