Dana Louise Perkins Graves, BA

Title: Elementary School Educator
Location: Fairfax, Virginia, United States

Dana Graves, Elementary School Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in elementary education.

Recognized for more than four decades of teaching experience, Ms. Graves can reflect on her career knowing she made a difference in so many generations of students. She began teaching fifth grade at Hope Valley Elementary School in Durham, NC in 1971 and then taught second grade the year after. From 1972 to 1977, she joined the faculty at Alanton Elementary School as a fourth grade and then a third grade teacher. She spent a year teaching third grade at North Springfield Elementary School before joining Hunt Valley Elementary School as a second grade teacher. It is at this school that she remained up until her retirement in 2010. Ms. Graves prepared for a career in education by earning a Bachelor of Arts at Elon University in 1970.

In her career, Ms. Graves was the recipient of a number of awards. She received a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Dedication and Commitment to Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders of Northern Virginia in 1994. From 1976 to 1977, she was named the Teacher of the Year at the Alanton Elementary School. Furthermore, she aided her professional development with a number of organizations, including involvement the National Education Association, the Virginia State Reading Association, the International Literacy Association, the Greater Washington Reading Council, the Virginia Beach Education Association, the Fairfax Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers. She has been featured among Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who in American Women.

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