Environmental Design Teacher
Danise believes in lifelong learning, and views her life as an opportunity to grow and serve. In her roles as spouse, parent, professional, and teacher she has sought meaningful work that builds on her appreciation for creativity, communication, and relationship. With her perspective of life as a journey and her desire to assist students in shaping theirs, Danise was drawn to Odyssey School both as a parent and teacher. Her youngest son is a student in Odyssey’s Middle School.
Danise grew up in Houston, Texas and holds a BLA in Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University. She spent a decade building her design portfolio and research career in Ohio and Texas, securing for the Texas Transportation Institute its first major grant for bicycle and pedestrian transportation research while leading bicycle advocacy efforts in her community. Her understanding of design as an expression of creativity and problem-solving serves as a foundation for her life. She is increasingly drawn to themes of social justice and quality of life. In 2016, she coordinated the first Open Streets Asheville event, a proven vehicle for improving wellness and community at the local level.
Danise is delighted to be part of the Odyssey community. She continues to run Polkadot Social, the family business (Twister Theater), and coordinate Open Streets Asheville while she teaches at the high school level. In her free time, she indulges in reading, photography, and enjoying her dogs and hamsters.