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 high school math and 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.