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Dina Costa Treff

Child Development Lab-University of Georgia


Dina is the Lead Teacher of the Preschool Program at the Child Development Lab (CDL) at the University of Georgia.  She is beginning her 14th year at the CDL. During this time she has worked as an Assistant Teacher with Older Toddlers, Preschool, and Multi-Age. In March 2019 Dina became the Lead Teacher of the Preschool Program. She has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from the University of North Georgia and Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Concordia University, St. Paul. In 2017 the Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children awarded Dina with  the first ever Peggy A. Gallagher Award for Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs. In April 2018 Dina was one of fifty nationwide recipients to be awarded with the 2018 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® Children’s Zyrtec® National Child Care Teacher Award. She is currently a Board Member for GAEYC, the state affiliate of NAEYC, and represents the ECE professionals of a thirteen county district, as a District Representative.  She is also on the Editorial Committee for the Southern Early Childhood Association, (SECA) and writes children’s book reviews that are published in Dimensions, SECA’s biannual publication. 

            She was born and raised in Athens and currently lives in Bishop with her Partner, 2 sons, 4 dogs, and her older brother, Matt.