PBS Digital Innovator 2020

Dana Farr

Dana Farr Georgia
  • Georgia Public Broadcasting
  • East Hall Middle School
  • Gainesville, Georgia

Chances are that you’ll hear Dana Farr before you see her.  On a typical school day, her voice radiates down the 8th grade hallway of East Hall Middle School, where she’s taught Georgia Studies for the past seventeen years. In her classroom, you’ll find her singing (most likely a song she’s made up), on the floor helping students, or holding a virtual reality (VR) headset to take her students on an interactive journey.  Dana works to mold her learners into creators, thinkers, and designers. For Dana, technology is a gateway to the past and allows her to make social studies relevant to students. Through her work with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), Dana serves as a member of their Educator Advisory Board, assists with Tech Tip Tuesday Webinars, and helps GPB with VR tours, including a presentation last fall for the Georgia Educational Technology Conference.  Dana oversees her school’s VR lab, one of the first in the state of Georgia, is a co-sponsor of her school’s broadcast club, and serves in various leadership roles throughout her school. Dana’s dream is for the volume of her voice to amplify the need she sees for all students to learn, to innovate, and to feel loved.

Fun Fact: Dana enjoys cooking, especially desserts, and has been making cheesecake since she was in 8th grade.  She uses the good vanilla at the advice of Ina Garten.

Favorite PBS Character/Show: Arthur because it “has humor adults can appreciate, all while tackling relevant topics for kids.”

Twitter: @msdanafarr
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