Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our Extraordinary Team : Dakota DeFiore


Bachelor of Arts in English, Writing Studies, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 2012. Master of Fine Arts in English and Creative Writing (Prose), Mills College, 2014.

Growing up not far from the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, Dakota pursued her passions for teaching and writing as an undergraduate at Millersville University. She believes their program, and the people who worked tirelessly by her side, are the reasons she's been set up for success. After making a life changing move 3000 miles across the country, Dakota furthered her education by obtaining a Master's Degree in English and Creative Writing, a move she believes has taught her to open her eyes and expand her mind, to see the world outside of her small town perspective.

It shouldn't surprise you to know that Dakota is also a writer in her spare time. Currently, she has written two novels, both of which she says will always need revisiting, and she is also working on a collection of short stories. Aside from writing Prose, she also enjoys reading Utopian/Dystopian fiction and anything by Joan Didion. Although her specialization for teaching may fall within English/Language Arts, some of her other favorite subjects throughout her education have included math, psychology, science, and language, allowing her to be a versatile tutor here
at The Academy.

Dakota wants to obtain her PhD in English/Higher Education (she hasn't decided yet!), and that will hopefully happen some time down the road. For now, however, she is enjoying her recent marriage and the spare time away from school to focus on other hobbies and writing projects.

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three things would you bring? 
As much as I would love to bring something technological, my three things would probably end up being my hammock, a guitar, and a hatchet.

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Chicken, any type of chicken--fried chicken, grilled chicken, chicken wings, chicken tenders... I'm getting hungry just writing this. 

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