Dana Sheldahl

School Counselor

Dana Sheldahl grew up in Gig Harbor and attended area independent and public schools before earning her BA in Psychology from Western Washington University and her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Seattle University. During graduate school she completed her practicum experience at Hazen High School in Renton and a year-long internship at Salmon Bay School, a K-8 choice school within Seattle Public Schools. She was a residential counselor at Northwest Youth Services working with homeless and at-risk adolescents, and her primary experience as a School Counselor before joining GHA was at The Evergreen School, where she worked individually with students on a variety of issues, led counseling groups, and developed and taught their SEL curriculum. She has also been featured in Seattle’s Child, writing an article about how to support students’ SEL needs at home. She is the mother to three children, has two cats, and enjoys hiking with her kids, snowboarding, swimming and being out on the water.

Ms. Sheldahl’s Favorites

GHA tradition: I love Gig Harbor Academy’s focus on inquiry-based and experiential education. I appreciate the student-centered approach and collaborative environment. I also love the incorporation of outdoor components.

Neighborhood spot: Bella Bella beach in Fox Island.

Outdoor activity: Kayaking and boating.

Place to read: Cozied up on the couch by a fire while my kids are in bed.

Childhood memory: My favorite memories growing up are neighborhood block parties.