Dayana Octavien Philippi, Director of Family Programs
Dr. Dayana Octavien Philippi is a highly experienced teacher, school leader, and community advocate. As the child of limited literacy immigrant parents, she shares and understands the lived experiences of the children and families she has served for over 15 years. She is highly trained and experienced in parent involvement, family literacy, and community engagement. Her communicative competence in English, Haitian Creole, and Spanish has been invaluable to her multicultural outreach efforts in and around Collier County.
Dr. Dee is a hometown girl, raised in Naples. She is proud of her upbringing and boasts of the high-quality K-12 education and extracurricular opportunities afforded to her as a Collier County Public Schools student. Her education and training have opened many doors and helped break a generational cycle of illiteracy and poverty. She was the first of her six siblings to attend college and compete in division I athletics at the University of South Florida, where she was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. She later studied abroad in the UK, where she earned a master’s degree in English Language Teaching and was a valued member of the University of Bath athletics team. Upon her return to Naples, she joined the ranks of CCPS educators and was inspired to pursue a doctoral degree in higher education and adult learning, from Walden University. Her research is multidisciplinary, covering immigrant parent involvement, family literacy, new literacy studies, and funds of knowledge.
Dr. Dee is driven by passion, creativity, and a hope for a better future for at-risk youth and families. She has taken an interest in creating technologies that help open doors for parent involvement and close the literacy gap. Get in touch with Dr. Dee to learn more about Literacy Volunteers of Collier County’s children and family programs and volunteer opportunities.
Contact: 239.262.4448, Ext. 306 or [email protected]