School of Education Graduate Student Awarded 21st Century Catholic School
Teacher of the Year - Elementary School Category for 2010 by Diocese of Orlando

Mrs. Donna Witherspoon, a Master’s student in Educational Leadership Cohort at the Adrian Dominican School of Education at the Orlando Site, was selected as the 21st Century Catholic School Teacher of the Year in the Elementary School Category for 2010 by the Diocese of Orlando.  Donna is the Technology Coordinator for Good Shepherd Catholic School and was honored at an awards luncheon on January 20th, 2011.

Donna was invited to a participate in a video with Most Reverend John G. Noonan, Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando, finalists, and the winners in the other two categories as part of the Catholic Schools Week Celebration.   The video can be viewed at http://schools.orlandodiocese.org/resources/excellence_awards.php.

Donna has been teaching for ten years and has been part of the teaching staff at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Orlando for nine years.  She has taught self contained second, fourth, and fifth grade.  Donna is a certified trainer for Instruction Planning and Curriculum Mapping for the Diocese of Orlando.

“I have spent the last five years as Technology Coordinator at Good Shepherd. This position allows me to teach technology skills to both the students and teachers.   I offer training for a week during the summer and weekly during the school year to teachers so they can become proficient with our hardware and software.” Donna said. “In addition to teaching technology, I am also a Middle School Advocate.  I mentor sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students each year. I have the privilege to work with a few “at risk” students on academics and social skills.”

The 21st Century Catholic School Excellence Awards program recognizes the Catholic school and administrators and teachers in the Diocese of Orlando who have shown outstanding leadership.

For more information about the 21st Century Catholic School Excellence Awards visit
http://efaith.orlandodiocese.org/e-scroll/240-schools