Dana Hofstetter


My name is Dana and I am from Paso Robles, California. I lived there for 26 years before moving to Denver to complete my degree. I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Human Development and Psychology. I have a six-year-old son and we love dressing up as superheroes, rescuing animals, snowboarding and swimming.

My career with children began at the age of 16, volunteering in a kindergarten classroom. From there I continued to work in a daycare, then preschools, teaching kindergarten in Tahoe, and overseeing a before and after school program. When I was completing my degree in Denver, I taught at a Montessori preschool and then resigned for the birth of my son. After graduating from MSU with a newborn, I worked as a treatment counselor with traumatized youth and then relocated to Fort Collins where I returned to teaching.

Traveling and road trips is a favorite thing of mine and has consisted of visiting 16 states and two countries. I have been to Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas and Cancun, Mexico and explored Tahiti and Bora Bora, French Polynesia last summer. I would love to travel around Germany, Switzerland and Antarctica!

I chose early childhood education to be able to provide a safe and positive environment for all children; watching children blossom and excel in their environments is remarkable. I enjoy working with children because I am constantly learning as much as the children are. They remind me to embrace my inner child, enjoy the small things in life and never take anything for granted.

“The sign of great teaching is not in the Child’s marks or grades; but in the Child’s positive attitude toward learning”- Kavita Bhupta Ghos