I had a chance to sit down and interview Ms. Dana Ayers, a truly inspiring teacher. She was able to tell me a lot about her busy life, from birth to the present.
She never really had a hometown. She was born on Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida. Her father, Mr. James M. Ayers, was a Senior Master Sergeant in the Air Force. Both of her parents, James and Dorothy Ayers, grew up in Calhoun County, but as she was growing up they never lived here.
Along with her family, Ms. Ayers lived in Georgia, Florida, Washington, New Hampshire, Delaware, California, Utah, Japan, and France. She attended Dover High School in Dover, Delaware, for all of her high school years. She attended FSU, BYU, University of Utah (a lot of colleges) and earned her Bachelor’s degree in French and a MLS (Masters of Library Science). Ms. Ayers’ favorite college team is FSU.
She has two children, both of them girls; they are in their 20’s and graduated from BHS. They are the most important people in the world to her. Ms. Ayers’ favorite hobbies are traveling, reading, and watching BHS volleyball. Ms. Ayers would love to visit Quebec, Scotland, and Ireland (she’s going to Italy in three years).
Ms. Ayers has been teaching at Blountstown for 25 years, and she enjoys it most of the time. She says that she always learns interesting things from her students. She also taught at University of Utah and Chipola College. At BHS, she teaches French, French dual enrollment (which she does at both BHS and Chipola), and Spanish. I was fascinated to learn that she also knows a little bit of Japanese, Russian, Italian, and Portuguese.
Her favorite books are The Lord of Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. She says that she really loves these books because he has created rich three dimensional characters and he has written so much.