Dana Probasco

Dana Probasco








Classroom Teacher
Grade 4

What I love about teaching is getting to interact with my students each day and make a positive impact on their educational journey. A main objective I have when teaching is to create a safe and nurturing classroom environment for all my students. Students in my classroom will feel respected when expressing their ideas, trying new things, and thinking outside the box. Each student has various abilities, gifts, and skills that will be encouraged and allowed to be expressed within my classroom.

Professional Background
I have been working with Arlington children for a number of years and am a product of Arlington schools myself. I attended Taylor Elementary, Swanson Middle School, and Washington-Lee High School. Every summer through middle school and high school I was a counselor or teaching assistant at an Arlington enrichment summer camp or program. Throughout college I worked as a lead teacher at Kinhaven School’s summer program, a local preschool. In the fall of 2014 I student taught in Arlington Public Schools. One of my student teaching placements was here at ATS with Mrs. Benson in 5th Grade. I obtained my Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in elementary education from James Madison University in the spring of 2015. I have been a 4th grade teacher at ATS since the fall of 2015.

Personal Interests
Some of the things I love to do are: reading, playing with my dog, spending time with my family, going to the beach, and eating sushi!

Literary Connection
My all-time favorite book is A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. I love all of this author’s novels, but A Dog’s Purpose is definitely his best work. This book is about a dog who goes through several reincarnations. Throughout each of his lives, he tries to figure out what his purpose is in this world. In the course of his journey, he greatly impacts people and makes a difference in their lives. This was a heartwarming novel for all to read (even if you prefer cats)!




  • Reading - Grade 4
  • Homeroom - Grade 4
  • Science - Grade 4
  • Social Studies - Grade 4
  • Mathematics - Grade 4
  • Language Arts - Grade 4