Dano is originally from Southern California and received his BS in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Field and Wildlife Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Dano worked as a wildlife biologist for CA state parks where he discovered his passion for mentoring and teaching. He earned his single-subject science teaching credential as a Noyce Scholar and STAR Fellow from the credential program at his alma mater.
Dano has taught a large variety of courses within the sciences including anatomy, physiology, Earth science, math, physical science, and aerospace modeling. He taught a STEAM modeling elective that he developed for middle school as a building block to career and college readiness. Dano loves finding engaging, authentic and fun ways for students to learn about all concepts. He has a passion for whole child education, recognizing that each student learns in their own way and has their own story to tell.
Outside of teaching, Dano’s hobbies are outdoor adventure, cooking and world culture. He has traveled to 40 countries and 38 US states. During his free time, he can be found in the kitchen cooking or exploring all manner of dirt trails by bicycle or foot with his wife Christy, baby boy and two dogs.