Dana Horn

Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences

“In 42 years of teaching, I have witnessed many changes in education and practice throughout this time period. Through all of the changes and challenges, what I love most is seeing students being successful, using skills they have learned in their career as well as in their everyday life. Family and Consumer Science teaches skills for life and career.”

It is the students who are inspired to do their best because of their desire to learn that give Dana Horn her greatest satisfaction as a professor at Henderson State University.

“I appreciate the student who comes to me with ideas that are beyond the text – ideas they want to investigate and learn more about,” Horn said. “It’s also about the projects they choose to explore on their own; methods of teaching they want to apply in their internships; interns who have accommodations that work for challenging students. This is the most satisfying aspect of teaching for me.”

Horn said she combines direct instruction and inquiry-based learning in her classroom.

“I believe students need direction teaching basic and fundamental skills in the discipline,” she said. “Then it is my role to allow the student to investigate and be an active participant as they are guided and supported through the learning process. Project based learning is used in each class I teach.”

As an assistant professor of family and consumer sciences, Horn also serves as director of the Davis-Baker Preschool on campus.

Horn has been teaching for 42 years. She received her bachelor of science in education, vocational home economics, from Ouachita Baptist University in 1975, and a master of science in education, vocational education, from the University of Arkansas in 1985.

Horn became a national board certified teacher in Early Adolescent/Young Adult Career and Technical Education in 2002 and was recertified in 2012. She became a certified director of early childhood education in 2011. She joined the Henderson faculty in 2008.

The field of child care management has vast opportunities for people who love children, Horn said.

“The job outlook is promising and in demand as parents continue to need assistance to care for their children, and children need high quality care and education,” she said. “If you love children, have knowledge in child development, and have patience, the child care field may be for you.”

Horn said parents look for high quality care and education for their children at an affordable price, and Family and Consumer Sciences Child Care Management degrees provide both.

“Graduates with this degree have spent a minimum of 300 hours observing and participating with children in hands-on, project based learning,” Horn said. “Having this degree will give the graduate validation to work in and direct any child care facility, most preschools, or own and operate their own child care business. In addition, these graduates may obtain the birth to Pre-K credential issued by the Arkansas Department of Human Services.”

Horn said the “most appealing” aspect of Henderson State’s Teachers College is the comradery in the school.

“Educators support one another and collaborate for the best outcome of the students in our programs,” she said. Proctor Hall houses the Family and Consumer Sciences department. We strive to make this the home away from home for our students. We truly encourage the family atmosphere and work with our students to overcome obstacles they may face.”

Even though she plans to retire in a few years, Horn said she probably won’t ever stop teaching.

“Teaching has been a lifetime career and I think I will be teaching someone, somewhere all my life – informally, of course,” she said. “I have many interests that I want to pursue, so I hope to travel, sew, watch grandchildren grow into responsible citizens, and enjoy what God has in store for me next.”

Horn said most people at Henderson State don’t know that she plays the piano.

“I am not a concert pianist, but I enjoy playing,” she said. “I have had some friends who have approached me to teach piano, but I am not sure about teaching. I don’t want piano playing to become a ‘job.’”

Family and Consumer Sciences

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Master of Science in Education, Vocational Education, University of Arkansas


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