Dana was born and raised in Czechoslovakia, where she attended Charles University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. She earned an MA in English, and Czech Language and Literature, and in Teaching Methodology from Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 1990. She began her professional career as a teacher of English at Botičská Grammar School in Prague. She moved to the UK in 1991 and continued to teach and to gain additional qualifications. These include a Level 4 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Trinity College London) from St Mary’s College, Twickenham; an ESL in the Mainstream Teacher Certificate and All Kinds of Minds training (both approaches highly popular with IB schools), and she became an Associate Member of Institute of Linguists. Dana has been a teacher of Czech as a Foreign Language for School of Slavonic Studies, at the Czech Centre London and other London-based language-teaching organisations including City Lit, Key Languages, Language Solutions Ltd., Simon@Simon, Language Studies Direct, and Professional Language Solutions. More recently, she has become a Lecturer for an MA programme in Semi-Specialized Translation at Bristol University. For many years she has also served as an Examiner/marker of the DPSI (EnglishCzech) at the Chartered Institute of Linguists. For over two decades she has taught both IBMYP and IBDP Language A (H&S levels) at IB World Schools including the ACC International in Egham and at the International School in London. This has also enabled her to keep up with IB developments.