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Dena started her journey at the Villa in January 2017 as a counselor and, shortly after, made her way to instructional assistant. In February 2019, she was promoted as teacher of the High School classroom. Prior to joining the Villa, Dena was a daycare center director. Originally, she wanted to be a daycare center owner, so she took up Business Administration and Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Since graduating with a dual degree in both subjects in December 2015, she has grown professionally in many ways. Dena received her Registered Behavior Technician certification in 2018; she graduated with a Master’s in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis in December 2018; and she is currently pursuing a dual Master’s in Education for Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction. In her spare time, Dena enjoys spending time with family and friends and shopping.