Adam Danna (Cross-Cat)
I am excited to join the Moorefield team as one of its newest Sharks! Growing up in Virginia surrounded by the Battlefields of Yorktown, Virginia schools helped make me the man I am today. I graduated with my B.S in educational studies from Grand Canyon University and recently completed my master’s in education with an emphasis in Special Education from Regent University. As I start my first year at Moorefield, I also begin my fourth year as an educator. I have taught one year in West Virginia at Eagle School Intermediate as a self-contained autism teacher and at Countryside Elementary for the last two years as a cross-categorical special education teacher.
I married the love of my life, Heather, who is also a teacher. We have two wonderful children, the first of which is in the second grade and the second is entering pre-kindergarten this year. We love to ready books and go on adventures together but are equally happy curling up to watch a movie together or sitting outside by the fire.
I love to work closely with students and to support them where they are. With patience and support any child can be anything. I look forward to a wonderful year at Moorefield; see you at the end of the summer!Heather Danna (Learning Specialist K-2)
Hi there! My name is Heather Danna and I am the Autism K-2 teacher here at Moorefield Station! This will be my fifth-year teaching as a Special Education Teacher. Previously, I worked at Steuart Weller as a Behavior Assistant (ABA) in the IBC for six years, one year as a paraprofessional at Moorefield Station and spent two years as a Behavior Therapist (ABA therapist) with Grafton Integrated Network in the clinical setting.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Grand Canyon University, and I have my master’s degree in Special Education K-12 through Regent University.
I am married with two children Evan 7 and Emerson 4. My husband Adam is a special educator here at MSE this year and we are very excited for the upcoming year. As a family, we think it is important to stay active, but we really love our down time where we can just do fun family activities such as watching a movie, riding our bikes, or doing something new.
I have a passion for learning new things and I am delighted to have the opportunity to inspire that same passion in my students. I think it is important to meet students where they are and provide opportunities that challenge them to be the best they can be academically as well as personally.Alana Downer (Cross-Cat)
Hello Sharks! My name is Alana Downer and I am so excited to join the Moorefield Station family! As a native of Loudoun County, I graduated from Loudoun Valley High School and earned my B.S. in English from Radford University. I currently have plans to finish my Master’s in Special Education within the next 1-2 years. I have a combined 8+ years of experience in the classroom, which has included substitute teaching (several long-term positions), as well as being an assistant teacher, working in a daycare, and teaching in an alternative school. I jumpstarted my teaching career at Countryside in the 2019-2020 school year, but now I’m excited to settle into a new school and allow it to become my home.
I live in Lovettsville with my husband, Dave, and our two beautiful children, Jenna (15) and Taylor (14), as well as our pets, which include 2 Great Danes (Olaf & Navy) and a fancy bearded dragon (Ash)! My hobbies include traveling, photography, spending time with friends and family, and supporting my kids in various events, especially rugby and NJROTC!
I love working with students who need a little extra help in the classroom and love that "lightbulb" moment when a concept is finally understood. The joy of learning is so much fun to watch! I am excited to get to know everyone at Moorefield and look forward to a wonderful year!Natalie Haynes (Cross-Cat)
Hi! My name is Natalie Haynes and this will be my first year teaching at Moorefield Station, but certainly not my first time teaching students with disabilities. I've been working in the special education and therapeutic recreation fields since 2001. I have experience working with diverse populations and am passionate about supporting the needs of individuals with disabilities. When outside the classroom, I am working on completing my doctorate in special education and therapeutic recreation, with an anticipated graduation in December 2018. I also enjoy hiking with my husband and chocolate lab! I'm excited about working with the students at Moorefield Station and anticipate a fantastic school year!
Olivia Turner (Learning Specialist 3-5)
Hello! My name is Olivia Turner, I am returning as a third year member of the Moorefield Team! However this year, I am ecstatic to be returning as a first year teacher. I was born and raised in the Sunshine state where I received my undergraduate degree from Florida State University. I am currently working on my Masters in Special Education with George Mason University. I enjoy the beach, arts and crafts, and football with my family! I am so excited for the opportunity to learn and grow as a Special Educator alongside such amazing colleagues! Looking forward to a “Fin”-tastic 2019-2020 School Year!
Suneetha Gajjala (Cross-Cat)
Hello! My name is Suneetha Gajjala, I have been working in Loudoun County Public Schools since 2011. I have Bachelors in Dentistry from Bangalore, India as well as Masters in Special Education from George Mason University.My inspiration to become a special education teacher came from when I used to regularly volunteer at an elementary school. I have been part of Moorefield Station Elementary School since 2013.
I am very excited to start the new school year!!
Pam Packard (Cross-Cat)My name is Pam Packard and I am excited to return to Moorefield Station to work with your children as a Resource Teacher in developing and advancing specific reading and math fluency skills.
I am a native of this area and I love it here, although one day I would like to travel the world. I spend a lot of time with my family in my spare time. I also like reading, arts and crafts and being outdoors.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University and a Masters of Education in Special Education from James Madison University. I love to watch the students grow in confidence and they attain more successes in their education. Go Sharks!Nicki Ryan (Cross-Cat)
Hello! I’m Nicki Ryan and this is my eighth year working for Loudoun County Public Schools. This will be my second year at Moorefield Station Elementary as a resource teacher and I am proud to be a member of such an amazing school! I spent my first six years working as a Teacher Assistant and fell in love with special education. I received my BA degree in Psychology and Human Services from Elon University in 1990. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in Special Education (k-12) from George Mason University.
I love spending time with my three children Conner 21, Kendrick 20, and Emerson 13. My two oldest are in college and my youngest is in the eighth grade. We spend as much of the summer as possible at the beach with my family in North Carolina. I was born and raised by the ocean and love everything about it!
I’m thrilled to be able to work with such incredible students knowing each day brings something new and different. I love helping students realize their potential and helping them see what I see when I look at them. Each student has their own story and unique way of learning. I’m lucky enough to be able to help provide them with the tools and guidance they need to achieve their goals and personal best!
Looking forward to another “fintastic” 2019-2020 school year here at Moorefield Station!! Go Sharks!!Assistants: