I like to create opportunities and moments for kids to
remember throughout their entire lives.
– Dana Blackhurst
The vision of the Chandler School is guided by the insights of the Founder and Head of School, Dana Blackhurst: “Failure isn’t most people’s best friend. It’s
different at The Chandler School – we firmly believe making mistakes is how we learn. It’s that unbelievable feeling of removing the training wheels for the first time.”
You are not likely to see Dana sitting in an office, rather you will find him
everywhere there are students – in classrooms, hallways, on the street hockey rink. His rapport with students, faculty and families is immediately evident, as is his passion to guide students to reach and exceed their potential, academically and as human beings.
Dana brings a personal understanding of the challenges many Chandler
students face – he is severely dyslexic himself. Rather than holding him back, it taught him that the tenacity and self-discipline to overcome failure and
frustration were tools that would lead to life-long success.
He is a nationally-recognized educator of and authority on students with
dyslexia and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of
learning differences/disabilities to the Chandler School. Affiliated with the
International Dyslexia Foundation since 1972, he has served on multiple
advisory boards including the International Dyslexia Foundation (IDA) Board, The South-Carolina-based Child’s Haven Board, the Board of Directors for the Andre Agassi Preparatory Charter School and the Board of Marshall University’s H.E.L.P Center.