- Career Counseling
- Life Coaching
Donna earned a Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education with minors in math and English from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She is certified to teach middle school math and English and high school English. She teaches a variety of subjects at the Excel Center including English, fine arts, and social studies. Donna came into the educational field later in life. She started college at age 50 after homeschooling her children and sending them off to college. After graduation, she taught public school math for a couple of years before accepting a position at the Excel Center in Poplar Bluff in 2018. She lives on a homestead in southeast Missouri with her husband of over 40 years, her son and daughter-in-law, her three grandchildren, and her many pets and small farm animals. Donna’s daughter lives with her husband and three grandpets in the Seattle, WA area.
I attended high school at Perryville High School in Perryville, Missouri. Received my B.A. in Pastoral Ministries at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. I am now teaching in my 3rd year at the Goodwill Excel Center. I truly enjoy teaching the amazing students at our facility, and working with the great staff and leadership here. I have had the privilege to teach Math Lab, Pre-Algebra, Geometry, Algebra, Applied Mathematics, Comp and Film, Music Appreciation, Health, and Physical Fitness.
Dan began his teaching career at Lindenwood University in 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Director of Mathematics Refresher Programs. He also served as an academic instructor at the St. Louis Job Corps Center. Upon learning of the student-centered mission of the Excel Center, Dan was excited to join their team of amazing educators in 2022. Dan has a Bachelor of science degree in Mathematics and a Master of Business Administration. His personal interests include most anything that involves the outdoors.
Chris retired from the Fox School District after 27 years of teaching. Along with being a classroom teacher, she was on the district's Professional Development Committee, was a Grade Leader, and an administrator for one of the summer school sites. After retiring, she heard about the Excel Center and came to check it out. Within minutes she knew she had to be a part of the Center. Chris says, "To help adults earn a high school diploma that will open doors for them to achieve their goals and dreams was something I wanted to be a part of. This Excel Center continues to amaze me with all of the support in place to make great things happen for individuals and families. While I came to help inspire and motivate the students, they continuously inspire and motivate ME to be the best educator I can be for them!!"
Champagne Minx, joins the Columbia Excel Center for Term 1 of 2022 as our new full time Science instructor. Champagne has had 9 years classroom experience. She earned a Double major in Biology & Geography, holds a Master’s Degree in Education and is certified to teach Biology, General Science, Health & Social Studies.
Carol D. Miller attended the University of Southeast Missouri State University and received a bachelor's in Social Work. She has been employed at MERS Goodwill Industries for twenty-seven years. Joining the Excel Center team as a Life Coach has been a very fulfilling experience. She will continue to strive to empower and educate all her former and current students.
Brittany loves working for the Excel Center because she believes education is the key to being able to advance and change your situation. She knows that there are many reasons people were unable to complete high school in a traditional setting, and she loves being part of a caring team that allows students a second chance. She feels lucky to get to watch her students accomplish their goals at the Excel Center, and beyond graduation.
Brad earned his BA in Mass Communication from Lindenwood University. After two years working in video production, he returned to Lindenwood to complete his MA in Teaching with certifications in Elementary and Special Education. Brad taught for Special School District before becoming a Prevention Educator at PreventEd, where he worked with students from kindergarten through high school. “I believe that it is never too late to make changes in one’s life and I could not be more excited to have the opportunity to work with adults who want to further their own knowledge and skill set. It’s an honor to be of service to my community.”
Blane is the Director of the Excel Center in Poplar Bluff since its beginning in October of 2018. As a public school educator he taught science, coached baseball and basketball, was a high school principal and retired as a superintendent after 30 years.Blane enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, enjoying many outdoor activities and working on old cars.