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Donna E.

A Spark of Magic

Denver, CO (80220)

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I am a retired teacher and still enjoy the trade of teaching and learning. I have dedicated my life to educating children and adults in many different arenas. I pride myself on be able to identify a person strengths and talents and capitalizing on them, and further helping their confidence in the subject at hand. I have lived a life of helping people fulfill their dreams, and it has brought joy to my life.

I have a bachelor's of science in education with majors in social studies and music. I have a master's of art with a major in history and a minor is sociology and political science. I have been a teacher for 35 years. I have worked with a variety of gifted, special needs, and traditional schooling methods. I have quite a bit of tutoring experience in many different areas.

One of my most prized accomplishments was teaching a blind man how to play the piano. With no experience on the people before this man was able to play simple songs from muscle memory and listening within the two weeks I worked with him. He was able to use this ability to distress himself as well as muster the confidence to fulfill dreams he had in mind before he started playing. This man ended up walking across the United States to raise awareness for people with disabilities.

I have also been published in Clavier Magazine, discussing children’s disabilities and playing the piano. I have been published in Arts and Activities Magazine, Poetry Journals, The Better Business Bureau Magazine, Public Service Announcements in The North Denver Tribune, as well as the Fort Collins Coloradan. I have experience in the production of plays such as; Too Many Hankies. I have been honored by the Production of my music; The Navajo Indian Suite in American Music Festival.

I have a blog, that inspires and motivates which has had of 25,000 views to date. This is a great tool to get to know me and the way I teach on a more comprehensive basis.

All of my accomplishments are clearly documented and can be furnished upon any request. I hope you agree that I have extensive experience and will be a great motivator and coach to any child or adult I teach.

I look forward to meeting with you, and I hope that I can help you be inspired to learn!

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Donna’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Criminal Justice, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking
Cooking, Needlework, Sewing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Handwriting, Piano, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia, Hard Of Hearing, Phonics, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Composition (Music), Flute, Music History, Music Production, Piano
American History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Criminal Justice, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Music History, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Anthropology, Archaeology, Philosophy, Physiology, Psychology, Sociology
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

Composition (Music)

My compositions have been performed in public. My Navajo Suite for piano has been approved to good acclaim at the American Composer Music Festival. I studied composition as a music major in college. I have recently composed the soundtracks for videos that are self produced. I was also a music teacher, and wrote all the songs for the school programs.


I grew up in a small town where cooking from scratch was part of the culture and girls began learning how to cook at an early age. My church's version of Girl Scouts encouraged "merit badges" and I earning badges in canning, and cooking. In college I had to have part time jobs, one of which was as a cook for an A & W. I married at age 18 and took on cooking for my own family. This meant daily meals but also entertaining and creating recipes. I have worked as a cafeteria cook in which I did bulk cooking and as a steak house cook. I have cooked for decades. I have also taught others to cook, including a continuing ed. class in bread baking. I can bake, do sauces and gravies as well as meats.

Elementary (K-6th)

I was an elementary teacher for 6 years, which included all subjects. Since then I have tutored elementary school children. I am currently a part of Measured Progress and highly regarded to do assessments for schools over the nation regarding their standardized testing for math and reading.

Music History

I was a music major in college and I studied music history with my main curricula. A music teacher I taught music history and made it fun for my students for the better part of three years. Music history is still being made, and I continue to follow the trends of music as the progress in society. I enjoy helping the student see the roots of modern music in "the classics".


For two years in Mohave Valley, Arizona, one other teacher and I provided all of the daily art instruction for three classes of combined 7th and 8th grade classes. From 2000 to 2007 I taught a weekly class for inner city children in Denver writing and art activities. Water color was one of the mediums we used. I have worked in acrylics and oils for my own pleasure and have sold some of my oils.


Part of teaching reading is an understanding of phonics. As an elementary teacher for 6 years I used phonics as well as other methods for teaching in reading. I was also a V.I.S.T.A for 2000 for America Reads in which I recruited, placed, and trained tutors for inner city schools.


I am a qualified beginning/immediate piano teacher. I ran a music studio in Fort Collins for two years teaching children and adults how to play piano. I currently volunteer as the music teach for piano students at 2Succeed. I taught a blind man to play the piano by use of sound and touch.

Public Speaking

I have 7 years of voice lessons that taught me skills in diction, projection, and resonance. I have participated and won in public speaking competitions. I continue to speak in public to raise awareness of taming and shaping their inner dialog.

Social Studies

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Ed with a major in Social Studies. I hold an MA in History with minors in Sociology and Political Science. I also have teaching and tutoring experience in these areas. During my graduate work I was a graduate teaching assistant in the History department. A pioneer diary I edited was copied and placed in the Archives of Utah State University.


I have a minors degree in sociology with a MA in psychology.

Special Needs

I have dedicated years to helping those children with special needs in a public school setting. I have taught them music as well as general curricula for six years. I have also worked in a resource room for children with learning disabilities which I worked in for three years. I have advocated with the school district and parents to make sure the children are getting the things they need through their I.E.P. I also worked for seven years with gifted children.


I am a published writer in many articles in magazines and news papers. I am an accomplished teacher and now tutor in writing. I am still active in submitting publications and writing and critique group.

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Northern Arizona University

Secondary Education (Other)

Bachelor of Social Science degree (EdD)

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Donna will travel within 30 miles of Denver, CO 80220.

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